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Detective James A. Stevens | Rensselaer Police Department, New York Rensselaer Police Department, New York


James A. Stevens

Rensselaer Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 14, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/29/1933

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1935

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Detective Stevens and Sergeant Frederick Rabe were shot and fatally wounded while responding to a bank robbery committed by the Scarnici Gang from New York City. The two officers were shot as the gang attempted to come out of the bank. Detective Stevens died at the scene and Sergeant Rabe succumbed to his wounds six years later.

Two of the suspects were shot and killed and several others fled and were never apprehended.

Three members of the gang were eventually caught in Poughkeepsie, New York. One was executed on June 27, 1935. The other two were acquitted.

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Sergeant Frederick H. Rabe
Rensselaer Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Monday, May 29, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 29, 2012


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