Patrolman Robert L. Denton

Patrolman Robert L. Denton

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, July 24, 1971

Robert L. Denton

Patrolman Robert Denton was stabbed to death by a man for no apparent reason outside a grocery store at the intersection of Saratoga Avenue and Blake Avenue, in Brooklyn, at approximately 2:15 am.

Several minutes prior to the stabbing the suspect had stopped Patrolman Denton and his partner and asked them how to become a policeman. Patrolman Denton had just made a purchase inside the store and had just stepped outside when the man pulled a 13-inch knife from and stabbed him twice in the neck.

The man was apprehended by a group of bystanders.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 13th, 1972. He has a parole hearing in May, 2018.

Patrolman Denton was assigned to the 73rd Precinct. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 29283

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Mailed my No Parole letter, on behalf of Patrolman Denton. Thank You for your service and sacrifice. God Bless You All

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April 17, 2018

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