EATONTOWN – A Staten Island motorcycle operator was arrested on several charges after police noticed a young boy was tied to his bike with twine, authorities said.
Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Officer Ryan Braswell saw a motorcycle being driven on Wyckoff Road by a man authorities later identified as Frank Albanese, 53. Seated behind Albanese was a small child, later identified as a 5-year-old-boy from Perth Amboy.
Braswell noticed that the child had twine tied around his foot and twine tied around his waist. Braswell said the child had on a helmet that appeared to be much too big for him and it was moving around on his head. The officer also noticed equipment violations on the motorcycle, police said.
As Braswell turned around to stop the motorcycle, he found it had pulled into the Quick Chek parking lot on Wyckoff Road where Albanese had entered the store, leaving the child on the back of the motorcycle.
Braswell approached the child and realized the child's feet were tied to the rear passenger pegs of the motorcycle and twine also was wrapped around his waist, securing the boy to the rear seat of the motorcycle.
As Braswell was examining the cycle, a woman sitting in a pickup truck next to the motorcycle approached the officer, telling him she was the boy's mother and also Albanese's girlfriend. She said she had given permission for her son to ride back to Staten Island with Albanese, police said. She was following in the pickup truck.
Braswell asked the mother to free her child and it took her about four to five minutes to untie the twine and remove the child from the motorcycle, according to police.
Braswell found that Albanese had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. Braswell also found that the helmets Albanese and the child were wearing were not approved for motorcycle use by the state Department of Transportation.
Albanese was detained on the outstanding warrants and also charged with several motor-vehicle violations, including failure to wear state-approved helmets, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
He also was processed on his outstanding charges at police headquarters and turned over to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office on the warrants. He remained in the Middlesex County jail on Monday.
The child was turned over to his mother at the scene and Braswell notified the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Authorities there advised police they will follow up on the incident.