Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # 29283
Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife
Offender: Sentenced to life
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.