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May 18, 2024, 5:14 PM

Knife-wielding maniac who allegedly smashed windshield of NYPD patrol car with cops inside before attacking them released by judge

By Tina Moore and Matthew Sedacca

A knife-wielding maniac who smashed a NYPD cruiser’s windshield as a pair of cops sat inside and then punched them as they tried to arrest him in the Bronx last month has been released by a judge, The Post has learned.

Patrick Young was holding a large knife when he allegedly ran up to the patrol car around 5 p.m. April 23 in Bedford Park.

He dropped the knife and punched the driver’s side window repeatedly causing it to break, law enforcement sources said at the time.

When the cops tried to slap the 34-year-old in cuffs, he pummeled both of them, the sources said. The officers were eventually able to arrest him.

Young was charged with assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. Young was held on $10,000 cash bail and $10,000 bond immediately after his arrest.

But when he appeared before Justice Brenda Rivera at a hearing on Wednesday he was released with “non-monetary conditions,” despite prosecutors asking for bail again, records show.

Rivera was elected in 2014 to a term that expires on Dec. 31, 2024.

A spokesman for the New York State Unified Court System didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

“This is a deranged repeat offender who specifically targeted police officers for a vicious assault,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry said.

“Anyone who thinks he can be trusted to remain on the street is out of their mind,” the union president said.

“This is yet another case that shows police officers our justice system doesn’t care about our safety, or the safety of the New Yorkers we protect.”