A Jersey City police officer is being hailed a hero after catching a baby thrown who was thrown from a two-story balcony.
A city spokesman told NJ.com that police initially responded to a call about a man dangling a 1-month-old baby over a balcony on Rose Avenue.
Officer Joseph Casey first arrived, followed by Officer Eduardo Matute and other officers, who set up a perimeter to negotiate with the man.
Authorities with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office said that Matute caught the baby after negotiations broke down.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop later shared a photo of Matute cradling the infant, wrapped in a white blanket, at a nearby hospital.
“Thank you JCPD…Thankfully the baby wasn’t harmed physically. We are lucky to have the men and woman of the JCPD, as every single day I see it firsthand they rise to meet any/all challenges,” Fulop wrote.
Authorities praised the officers for saving the child’s life.
“Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.
Spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione told NJ Advance Media that the man was arrested and faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
“The actor was immediately arrested and charges are pending. This investigation is ongoing,” she said.