Police are still searching for the male suspect who fled after demanding the wallet from a 23-year-old Republic Street employee early this morning.
The victim was at the rear southwest corner of the building at 2:18 a.m. when the suspect hit his right wrist and forearm with a blunt object. The victim said the impact knocked his right hand off the steering wheel of the tow motor the employee was using to move empty steel crates.
"He said the pain felt like a shock on his arm," Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Light wrote.
The man, dressed in a dark ski mask and a tan hooded jacket that was up, then demanded the man's wallet. The victim threw the wallet toward the suspect, who picked it off the ground and then "ran south across the field toward the Ernsthausen Community Center," Light said.
"He (the victim) lost sight of him as he rounded the backstop to the softball field," the officer continued.
Officers were on scene within a minute and searched the area for almost 20 minutes without finding the suspect. The victim declined treatment for his arm. The incident remains under investigation.