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Schenectady DA: Guilty plea in attack on good Samaritan in Glenville; Samaritan rescued stranger from assault by her ex

Schenectady DA: Guilty plea in attack on good Samaritan in Glenville; Samaritan rescued stranger from assault by her ex

Attack happened last June at the Indian Brook Apartments
Schenectady DA: Guilty plea in attack on good Samaritan in Glenville; Samaritan rescued stranger from assault by her ex
Defendant Patrick Hall
Photographer: Schenectady County District Attorney (Inset); Gazette file photo (Background)

GLENVILLE -- When Tyler Rounds, a resident at Glenville's Indian Brook Apartments, heard a man attacking a woman in the complex's parking lot last summer, he immediately ran down from his apartment on the third floor to intervene, prosecutors said this week.

Rounds got the woman away from her attacker, but the attacker soon turned his anger toward Rounds. The suspect knocked Rounds to the ground and attacked him in a sustained assault that left Rounds with significant injuries to his head and body, prosecutors said.

The man prosecutors say is responsible for the attack, Patrick Hall, 23, pleaded guilty this week to felony second-degree assault for his attack on Rounds and first-degree criminal contempt related to the attack on the woman. He is to be sentenced in March to five years in state prison.

In announcing the plea this week, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office praised the 28-year-old Rounds. Prosecutors said he didn't know either Hall or the woman Hall was attacking.

"He did the exact right thing you'd hope people would do when they hear other people in need of help," prosecutor Michael Nobles said this week. "He ran down to help a woman and once he got there, he was able to help her, and prevent her from suffering the injuries he endured."

The incident happened June 30 at the apartment complex on Van Buren Road.

Hall had received a ride from an ex-girlfriend -- the woman had an order of protection against him -- to the apartment complex, prosecutors said.

When they arrived, however, Hall refused to get out of the car and began yelling at the woman, prosecutors said. She threatened to call police, but he grabbed her phone and threw it.

She then tried to get out of the car and he tried to keep her there. She eventually broke free, but he tackled her in the parking lot, climbed on top of her, held her down and began hitting her, prosecutors said.

Several apartment complex residents heard the attack. That's when Rounds responded. He "ran down the stairs from his third-floor apartment and physically pulled Hall off the woman," prosecutors wrote in a news release.

Rounds then started walking with the woman away from Hall, prosecutors said.

"While Rounds turned his back to Hall, Hall struck Rounds in the head several times, knocking Rounds to the ground," prosecutors wrote in the release. "Hall then climbed on top of Rounds' chest and pinned him on his back to the pavement parking lot."

Hall then repeatedly hit Rounds in the face and upper body. Eyewitnesses reported that Hall struck Rounds with his fists as many as 50 times. 

Hall eventually stopped and fled. He turned himself in a few days later.

Hall originally faced a first-degree assault count that could have resulted in a prison term of up to 25 years in prison, if convicted.

The order of protection had been issued in Glenville Town Court as a result of a prior second-degree harassment violation related to the same woman, prosecutors said. The order elevated the attack on the woman to a felony contempt charge, prosecutors said.

In all, Rounds suffered facial injuries, bruised ribs, a concussion and a facial cut that required stitches, prosecutors said.

"I'd like to say that I'm thankful that we have people like Mr. Rounds in our community," prosecutor Nobles said. "He did everything right and the attack he had to suffer as a result of his brave actions on behalf of this woman is terribly unfortunate.

"I would hope that other people in the community who read about this know that if they should help people in need and if anything happens to them when they do that, our office, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office, will hold the people that hurt them accountable as well," Nobles said.

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