Stranger Grabs Toddler on Beach, Runs Toward Water: Cops

Angel Esteves was charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment

Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 9:46 AM EDT
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Stranger Grabs Tot on Beach, Runs Toward Water: Cops

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Police say a strange man scooped up a toddler on a Queens beach Sunday and ran toward the water.
 
Angel Esteves had been hanging around the young family on Beach 84th Street and Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Beach on Sunday afternoon, according to police.

 
The Daily News says Esteves allegedly picked up the child as his 18-year-old mother went for a swim.
 
Police say the 2-year-old's uncle ran after Esteves and the two briefly struggled until two police officers ran over and handcuffed Esteves.
 
There were no injuries.
 
Esteves was charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.
 
It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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