Chief of Police Philip John DeSantis

Chief of Police Philip John DeSantis

Woodbine Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1973

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Philip John DeSantis

Chief DeSantis was stabbed to death by a suspect who had just robbed a gas station and stabbed the attendant to death. Chief DeSantis was at home when he heard the call from a neighboring agency. The suspect was known to him so he began to search for him. He located the man and pulled him over. During the stop the man stabbed him with a screwdriver or metal file before fleeing. The man was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences on May 3, 1974.


  • Age 50
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Incident Details

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

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The Attendants name was Kenny McGuire, a friend of mine. Very bad night for all that new these men. Why Ken's name is not in the article above is unsettling ! May they they both RIP and they are missed. I was tasked by Trooper Norm Hoffman to bring multiple photos to the Woodbine scene from the Sheriff's Department ID information on the perp. A night I will never forget along with so many others.

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Cape May County Sheriff's Department

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