Teenage Trio Recognized For Heroics By Santino & Goosby — Teens Chased Down Purse Snatcher

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and the entire Town Board recognized three teenagers as heroes at Town Hall by presenting them with keys to the town. The heroic trio witnessed a man knocking a woman to the ground, grabbing her purse and running off during a January 12th incident on Main Street in Hempstead Village. That is when Kevin Saenz, 18, Mozart Lopez, 18, and Jhony Matute, 16, jumped into action and chased the man. Reports state that the thief swung a crowbar at the teens but they still managed to hold him down until police arrived.

“The courage these teenagers showed, and their willingness to risk their own safety, to assist a fellow neighbor deserves both the gratitude of the victim and the recognition of our township,” said Santino. “As a result of the quick actions of this terrific trio, a thief is off the streets.”

“It warms my heart to see young people who go above and beyond what is expected in order to help a person in need,” said Goosby. “There are real-life superheroes and we are fortunate to have three of them right here in the Town of Hempstead.”

Police say the man who was arrested, John Cole, 52, could be connected to 11 more robberies in Hempstead Village since October. He was arraigned on two counts of second-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

“Kevin, Mozart, and Jhony are examples of great young men who did not hesitate to come to the rescue when a dangerous situation presented itself,” concluded Santino. “They truly earned the right to be called heroes.”