WAWARSING, N.Y. — A Lake Katrine man who allegedly assaulted and then robbed an 84-year-old town woman as she pumped gasoline at the Mobil gas station on state Route 209 is being charged with robbery as a hate crime because of the victim’s age, Trooper Steven Nevel said in an email Wednesday.
At about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, state police responded to the gas station for a report of a stolen vehicle, Nevel said.
Their preliminary investigation found that the elderly Wawarsing victim was pumping gas when she was allegedly assaulted by Christopher Doulin, 37, of Lake Katrine.
Doulin shoved the woman to the ground and entered her vehicle, Nevel said. As he was going through the woman’s purse, a patron at the gas station came to her aid and attempted to remove Doulin from the vehicle. Doulin resisted the patron’s attempt to remove him and then sped south on Route 209 in the victim’s 2004 Toyota Corolla.
Troopers saw and attempted to stop the Toyota before Doulin crashed it, abandoned it and then fled on foot, police said.
Doulin was found by troopers a short distance away from the crash site at 5 p.m. and was arrested by state police at Wawarsing. He was charged with the felonies of hate crime/robbery (causing physical injury) and criminal mischief. Additionally, Doulin was charged on a bench warrant for alleged bail jumping, also a felony.
The robbery charge was elevated to a hate crime because of the victim’s age, Nevel said. “It’s in the penal law. If you go into the New York state penal law, for hate crime, there’s a lot of sections and one is ‘over the age of 60,’” he said. Whether or not the charge sticks is “up to the DA’s office. We go ahead and charge them under the New York state penal law.”
According to state law, “A hate crime is a traditional offense that is motivated by bias. A person commits a hate crime when one of a specified set of crimes is committed targeting a victim because of a perception or belief regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.”
Doulin was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs, both misdemeanors after troopers determined he was impaired and in possession of “a small amount of cocaine,” Nevel said.
Doulin, a predicate felon, was sent to Ulster County Jail without bail.
In 2010, Doulin served six years of a three and one half to seven year term in state prison after being sentenced in Orleans County for robbery.
Then, on Feb. 20, 2022, Doulin was arrested in Kingston by state police at Ulster and charged with one felony count of grand larceny (credit card) and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny. The status of that case was not immediately available.
On Dec. 29, 2022, Doulin was arrested in Wawarsing by state police at Wawarsing and charged with the felonies of grand larceny (property value exceeds $3,000), criminal possession of stolen property (value exceeds $3,000) and grand larceny (motor vehicle exceeds $100) and with the misdemeanor of criminal mischief (intent to damage property). The case is ongoing and has been moved to Kingston City Court, according to the Ulster County Court Clerk’s Office.
Nevel said that another recent hate crime case in the town of Rochester, the Jan. 26 arrest of Kang Lin, 39, of Flushing, also involved elderly victims. That case remains open, he said.
Lang was arrested by state police at Wawarsing and charged with the felonies of grand larceny (value greater than $3000 as a hate crime) and conspiracy to commit a felony (as a hate crime).