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Judge releases man in Lodi stabbing

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia
Photo Credit: Lodi PD

ONLY ON CVP: A Lodi man charged with stabbing his neighbor repeatedly during a winter snow-clearing argument was freed by a judge in Hackensack yesterday so that he could satisfy the terms of a restraining order and move to a new apartment.

However, Presiding Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi said 58-year-old Bradford Patrick must remain under electronic monitoring and can only leave his new Central Avenue residence in Hackensack to visit his lawyer.

A property bond satisified the $750,000 bail that secured Patrick’s release, said the attorney, Salvatore Vargo.

Bradford Patrick (MUGSHOT: Lodi PD)

Patrick had been in the Bergen County Jail since Feb. 9, 2013, when authorties said he had the most lethal in a series of run-ins with his neighbors.

Despite a permanent restraining order, Patrick went after his neighbor and two of the man’s family members with a knife over snow apparently blown onto his Pasadena Avenue property during a dig-out from a weekend storm, they said.

The victim recovered after being taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with several stab wounds. The victim’s son rescued him, leaving Patrick with injuries of his own, which were minor, police said at the time.

A superseding indictment returned in Hackensack late last year charges Patrick with the attempted murders of both men, as well as aggravated assault, illegal weapons possession and stalking the victim’s wife and both of the couple’s sons.

Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Nicholas Ostuni didn’t oppose Patrick’s release with a monitoring bracelet to the Hackensack address — but only if he understands that he “is to have no contact by any means with the victims — not by phone, third party, not anything.”

The judge also ordered a mental evaluation at the Ann Klein Forensic Center, a state hospital.
STORY / PHOTO: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia

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