Patrick Carroll doesn’t consider himself a hero, even though what he did several months back helped to put away a violent felon.
Carroll was sitting outside a Kingston restaurant when he witnessed a man steal a woman’s purse. The 20-year-old Good Samaritan sprang into action and wrestled the man to the ground, enabling the victim to retrieve her pocketbook.
The knife-wielding suspect ran away but stole another woman’s purse in Uptown Kingston before he was caught. Christopher Hasenflue has since been convicted of armed robbery and is serving 20 years in state prison.
Last year, the Ulster County Police Chief’s Association honored Carroll, a recent SUNY Ulster graduate, for meritorious citizenship.
While he holds the award in high-esteem, Carroll does not consider himself a hero, though he said he would do it again without hesitation.
He called it the right thing to do and said Hudson Valley residents need to “look out for each other.”