Man charged with tackling boy, breaking his phone in Dix Hills

Posted: Updated:
Police arrested Conte and charged him with harassment and criminal mischief. Police arrested Conte and charged him with harassment and criminal mischief.
DIX HILLS -

A Dix Hills 12-year-old says a grown man shoved him to the pavement and broke his cellphone because he was taking video of the latter's wife, who he thought was following him.

The boy, Alex Anderson, says he had taken out his phone to record video of a woman who was following him and taking video of his friends while they rode bikes near Old Brook Road.

Alex says he recorded the woman's license place and then her face.

"I'm like, 'Why are you recording us? What's your problem?'" he says.

More On The Story

That's when the woman's 39-year-old husband, William Conte, allegedly jumped on him, snatched the phone and threw it. When the phone hit the ground, it shattered into pieces. Alex says he has cuts on his elbow and knees and twisted his ankle.

Police arrested Conte and charged him with harassment and criminal mischief.

After seeing the video, Alex's father Christian Anderson says he was furious.

"Come mess with somebody your own size," he says. "Don't pick on a 12-year-old."

The father says he had previously told his son to record video of anyone he believed was following him.

"If anybody is ever following you, videoing you, taking pictures of you, you do the same thing back," he says. "Because I don't know if my son is going to get kidnapped."

No one at Conte's home answered the door for News 12.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Gas station attendant stabbed in chest during Patchogue armed robbery

    Police: Gas station attendant stabbed in chest during Patchogue armed robbery

    Thursday, June 21 2018 11:42 AM EDT2018-06-21 15:42:42 GMT
    Police say a man was stabbed in the chest during an early morning armed robbery in Patchogue.Police say a man was stabbed in the chest during an early morning armed robbery in Patchogue.

    According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.

    According to police, three men entered Coastal gas station on West Main Street, displayed a knife and demanded cash around 1:10 a.m.

  • Tribute held for boy lost in waters off Long Beach

    Tribute held for boy lost in waters off Long Beach

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:35 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:35:54 GMT
    Friends and family of the 10-year-old boy swept away in the waters off Long Beach held a tribute Thursday at the shore.Friends and family of the 10-year-old boy swept away in the waters off Long Beach held a tribute Thursday at the shore.

    Friends and family of the 10-year-old boy swept away in the waters off Long Beach held a tribute Thursday at the shore.

    Friends and family of the 10-year-old boy swept away in the waters off Long Beach held a tribute Thursday at the shore.

  • New study finds possible trigger for Alzheimer’s

    New study finds possible trigger for Alzheimer’s

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:33 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:33:21 GMT

    A new study suggests viruses that sneak into the brain may play a role in triggering Alzheimer's disease.

    A new study suggests viruses that sneak into the brain may play a role in triggering Alzheimer's disease.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

  • Just Married on Long Island

    Just Married on Long Island

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."