2006-01-06 / Front Page

Street Creep Tries To Snatch Kid

Police pin Anthony Garcia to an SUV after he allegedly tried to take a woman’s child from her.
Police pin Anthony Garcia to an SUV after he allegedly tried to take a woman’s child from her. A crazed street person landed behind bars this week after he tried to snatch a toddler from the tot’s terrified mother on a street in Far Rockaway, police say.

Anthony Garcia, 27, allegedly attempted the bizarre kid caper on Wednesday afternoon near Beach 21 Street and Cornaga Avenue, according to court records. Law enforcement sources say he walked up to the mother and her 3-year-old boy and tried to pick the child up into his arms.

A struggle for the child ensued, and commotion filled the street as a crowd gathered. The man fled on foot – without the child – into a parking lot near a Chinese food restaurant on Cornaga Avenue, where police caught up with him.

A Wave source, who asked to remain anonymous, said he first came upon the scene as police were trying to place the man under arrest. He said officers used their handheld radios as weapons in a violent and bloody struggle with Garcia.

“He was really resisting,” the witness told The Wave. “I saw him kick at one of the cops.”

Four officers were finally able to pin Garcia against an SUV and put handcuffs on him, but about a dozen other officers responded as well. In the end, Garcia was bleeding and a police officer’s face was covered in blood. It was unclear if the cop was bleeding or if the blood was from Garcia’s wounds.

Garcia was immediately taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court as The Wave went to press.

The Wave is withholding the name of the mother and child to protect the child’s identity. The mother could not immediately be reached for comment. Sources said Garcia will be charged with resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. He faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Brian Magoolaghan

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