Child Grabber Arraigned
Forty-five year old Angel Esteves was arraigned in Queens County Criminal Court on charges relating to his attempt to grab a two-year old child off the beach at Beach 84th Street.
According to court documents filed by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, eyewitnesses reported Esteves approached Sabrina Perez on the beach around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14th.
Esteves asked Perez if he could play with her children, Leonardo Santana, age 3, and Miceangelo Satana, age 8 months. She told him no.
Sometime later, a friend of Perez’s, Miren Cerma, 16, stayed with the children on the beach while Perez went down to the water.
At this, Cerma stated, Esteves came over, picked up Leonardo and began walking toward the ocean with him.
Despite Cerma’s shouts, Esteves kept walking until he was waist deep in the waves. Cerma, who gave chase, reported Esteves appeared as if he were about to bend over into the water with the child.
He had to forcibly remove the child from the man’s arms. By this time, Perez and her sister had also come back on the beach. Esteves then tried to take Miceangelo from the sister’s arms.
The DA’s report goes on to state that Esteves grabbed Cerma by the hair and said to Perez, “Do you want me to f*** him up for you for not watching your kids properly?”
When Perez threatened to call the police, Estevez walked away and began packing up his belongings on the beach.
He claimed he was “just playing with her kids. The kid had sand in his eyes; I was just washing his eyes off.”
Esteves was arrested by officers of the 100th Precinct and arraigned in Queens County Criminal Court the same day.
He is charged with unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and ordered held on bail of $20,000 or $15,000 in cash.
Esteves, who is due to appear in court on July 29th, faces up to 4 years in prison if convicted.