There's a terrible headline in today's Daily News about an Astorian that grabbed a small child from the sand at Rockaway Beach and ran with him into the surf. Fortunately, the child's uncle was able to catch the kidnapper before any physical harm was done to the child. Nearby police responded and arrested the perpetrator on the scene.
Angel Esteves, 45, of Astoria had been lingering around the child's family camped in the sand near Beach 84th St. and Shore Front Parkway before he scooped the toddler up as the child's 18-year-old mother went for a swim about 4:30 p.m., police said.
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