Retired NYPD detective helps collar bat-wielding subway maniac


 A homeless man pulled a baseball bat on a straphanger just because their bags brushed on the subway  But he was seriously out-gunned.  The target of the would-be-slugger’s rage turned out to be an armed ex-NYPD cop, who pulled a revolver to keep the vagrant at bay — then chased him out of a station and into the arms of officers, police sources told The Post  The stunning showdown unfolded on a southbound G train just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, when Brian Baska accused David Morales of bumping into him with a large backpack while boarding at the Greenpoint Avenue station, sources said  That’s when Morales — a retired NYPD detective with 28 years on the job — pulled out his snub-nosed firearm  “You’re gonna hit me with a f–king bat?” the 54-year-old can be heard saying on video of the incident, which was posted to the popular Instagram page SubwayCreatures on Thursday  “Stay where you’re at,” Morales repeats. “Stay where you’re at.”  Baska argues back: “Respect my f–king bag ”  “I have no idea who you are. I’m defending myself,” he says, after seeing Morales’ weapon  Baska at one point accuses the longtime cop of getting into “a pissing contest” with him  But Morales, a former second grade detective from the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau who retired in 2015, can be seen keeping his cool as he identifies himself as a cop and backs Baska down in front of frightened straphangers  Morales kept the gun pointed down at the ground the entire time while directing passengers to step aside  Once at the Clinton-Washington Avenues station, Baska fled the train with Morales trailing behind him and calling 911, sources said  Cops above ground wound up arresting Baska about a block and a half away, while he was still carrying the baseball bat  The NYPD praised the former Finest, who now works as an investigative consultant at the Administration for Children’s Services, for keeping a cool head and fellow passengers safe during the standoff  “This retired NYPD member of the service should be commended for his restraint and his tactics in this incident,” said NYPD spokesman Phil Walzak  “He can be seen alerting people outside the train car to move away for their safety, and directing riders on the subway to move away from the perpetrator He is constantly checking his surroundings while still focusing on the perpetrator, and keeping his weapon pointed downward ”  Police officials described Baska as homeless with at least one prior arrest for criminal mischief — for busting out a person’s car window with a rock, police said  He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon and released without bail

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