Police: Jersey City man arrested in Hoboken for trying to take child away from mother

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A Jersey City man was arrested in Hoboken last night after he attempted to grab a child away from his mother while they were walking along the waterfront, police said. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Anthony Monteleone, 46, of Jersey City, was charged with harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Around 6:30 p.m. last night, Hoboken police officers were dispatched to the area of Newark Street and Sinatra Drive to speak with victim.

The victim advised the officers that as she tended to her child, the defendant approached from behind and lifted her child up from the ground. The victim, shocked, took the child away from him, officials said.

Monteleone attempted to pick him up a second time but was stopped. The child was not harmed in any way and the defendant left the scene as bystanders approached. A description was given to the officers who in turn advised all police personnel, authorities said.

After a brief investigation, it was confirmed that the male stopped was the male who picked up the child. The defendant was placed under arrest and a search found him to be in possession of two small plastic bags of  suspected marijuana, police said.

He was transported to headquarters where a warrant complaint was prepared. He was later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center, officials said.