NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Frederick Williams, 43, of New Providence was charged with the title 4 offense of Cruelty to Animals after an investigation led to his arrest for throwing a kitten off a bridge, according to the New Providence Police Department.

On June 25 at approximately 11:38 a.m., police units responded to the Passaic River Bridge on Passaic Street near Commonwealth Avenue on a report that a male threw a small kitten off of the bridge.

With the assistance of the Berkeley Heights Fire Department and their rescue boat, the kitten was located under the bridge in a storm drain. The kitten was unharmed and transported by NJSPCA Officers for further evaluation.    

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As a result of the police investigation led by Corporal Sean Bubb, Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero charged Williams with the title 4 offense of Cruelty to Animals. He was arrested by Corporal Bubb and Patrolman Guerriero with the assistance of Bernardsville Police Department. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date in the Union County Superior Court.

Report was submitted by the New Providence Police Department