Patrolman Robert L. Denton

Patrolman Robert L. Denton

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, July 24, 1971

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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 before the stabbing the suspect had stopped Patrolman Denton and his partner and asked them how to become a policeman. After answering the question, Patrolman Denton and his partner entered a store. After several minutes, Patrolman Denton exited the store when he was approached by the subject who pulled a 13-inch knife from a pocket and stabbed Patrolman Denton 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.

Patrolman Denton was assigned to the 73rd Precinct. His wife survived him.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 29283

Incident Details

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

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Robert, you not only served our nation in the military; you chose to continue serving as an NYPD police officer. I remember the few times you had visited your always remained in our hearts. May you rest in peace.

Love to you and all those who knew you.
You will never be forgotten.


December 15, 2020

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