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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I wish the Lord above would give me the power to make the Denton family know how remorseful and how much sorrow we as a family feel for them I have always wanted to sit and let them know we as a family were and still am very hurt by this I myself can only ask forgiveness and may the Lord above plant forgiveness in your hearts .we have never gotten over this

A Dennis family member

December 3, 2019

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