Knife wielding purse snatcher pleads guilty

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KINGSTON – A Kingston man with an extensive criminal history, who robbed three women of their pocketbooks and pulled a knife on two of them, pled guilty in Ulster County Court.
Christopher Hasenflue pled to one count of felony armed robbery.
The December 21 plea stemmed from an incident in the City of Kingston on August 9.
On that evening, Hasenflue stole purses from an outdoor table where two women were dining at a Wall Street restaurant. He ran up Wall Street where he was tackled by a Good Samaritan. He dropped the purses, but pulled a knife and chased one of the victims.
Minutes later, Hasenflue confronted a third woman on John Street and robbed her of her purse at knifepoint.  He fled up Fair Street where he was chased by other witnesses. With the assistance of one of them, Kingston police officers apprehended Hasenflue only 15 minutes later.
He remains in the Ulster County Jail pending his sentencing late next