STATEN ISLAND, NY — Patrick Allen, the 24-year-old scion of a prominent New York family, has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges including possession, reckless endangerment, and drug-possession charges stemming from a shootout with the police in Staten Island’s Charleston section.
Allen comes from a prestigious family tree: He is the son of former Brooklyn prosecutors, and his late great-grandmother is longtime New York Post owner Dorothy Schiff.
Allen and friend Jonathan Derbyshire, also 24, were firing off shots with an illegal AR-15 and Glock 26 on January 5 at around 1 A.M. in a wooded area when neighbors called 911.
Allen, who was reportedly wearing full tactical gear, allegedly raised his weapon toward the officers and was shot three times before being taken into custody. He was also charged with wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time.
Police recovered a loaded AR-15, a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver, a .45-caliber pistol, and the loaded Glock 26 from the woods, according to cops and the criminal complaint.
Derbyshire, who fled the scene, was arrested hours later and pleaded not guilty — as did Allen’s cousin Allen Cox, who was also charged with drug possession after cops raided Derbyshire’s Kresicher Street home and discovered 16 ounces of marijuana and more than 2,000 Xanax and oxycodone pills.
A police source said that Allen, who has a criminal record, and Derbyshire live in the isolated area and are suspected of making money by buying and selling marijuana from Colorado.
Allen’s prestigious family line also includes A. Frederic Leopold, former mayor of Beverly Hills; and famed financier Jacob Schiff.
Main photo: Patrick Allen [NBC 4 (screenshot]