Patrolman Robert J. Thorpe

Patrolman Robert J. Thorpe

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, August 13, 1900

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Robert J. Thorpe

Patrolman Robert Thorpe was stabbed three times and severely beaten by an angry mob after he arrested a local prostitute for loitering. Friends of the suspect approached Patrolman Thorpe at the corner of West 41 Street and Eight Avenue. Patrolman Thorpe refused to let the woman go and attempted to place one of the men under arrest. A large crowd formed and Patrolman Thorpe was beaten severely and stabbed by one suspect. Responding Patrolman dispersed the crown, and with the help of some citizens was able to re-arrest the escaped prostitute.

The suspect that stabbed Patrolman Thorpe fled to Washington, DC, where he was arrested August 26, 1900. The suspect was returned to New York City and was sentenced to life in prison on November 2, 1900.

Patrolman Thorpe was assigned to the West 47th Street Station and was survived by his sister.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 12, 1900
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Thorpe,
On today, the 111th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.



August 13, 2011

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