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Police Officer Dexter L. Mardenborough

Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands

End of Watch Sunday, January 27, 1991

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Reflections for Police Officer Dexter L. Mardenborough

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 6, 2020

I have tried to do it justice after so many years. This is a brief from the Puerto Rican press, about the case. IS RELATED TO THE OFFICER Dexter L. Mardenborough Murder and 2 other police officer in Puerto Rico. The same killer.

RIP BLUE BROTHER

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IN THE SIGHTS THE KILLER OF TWO POLICEMEN.
HE ENJOY SUPERVISED FREEDOM IN NEW YORK AFTER SERVING 25 YEARS IN JAIL FOR OTHER CRIMES IN THAT CITY

Dic/26/2019
Melissa Correa Velázquez, EL VOCERO NEWSPAPER

On September 6, 1990, police officers José Bernabé González and Pedro Sánchez López, assigned to the Caimito police station, carried out a nighttime patrol when they were informed of an attempt to “carjacking” at a gas station in Cupey.

These responded to the 10-50 emergency call, went to the gas station located in the Olmedo Plaza shopping center and a chase was raised to the parking lot of the Villa Esperanza Public Complex.

Once in the public housing complex, the officers were shot by two subjects identified in the Police report as Adam Raymond Beníquez, better known as “Pipi” and who was on the list of the most wanted in the 90s; and William Valentín Mañón, who is currently waiting to be sentenced in a federal jail in New Jersey.

Officer Sánchez López was killed at the scene. Bernabe Gonzalez was seriously injured at the scene while trying to help his partner. He subsequently died while being treated at the Medical Center, in Río Piedras.

According to the complaint report, Beníquez and Valentín Mañón were subjected to the case in the absence of murder and robbery, after municipal judge Ángel L. Robles found probable cause. According to the report held by EL VOCERO, a bail of $ 601,000 was imposed on Beníquez.

The case was handled by the late prosecutor Iris Meléndez and prosecutor José Laclaustra. The investigation was done by the ex-agent of the Homicide Division, Beldredín Román Vélez.

An article contained in the archives of the New York Times newspaper of that time indicates that after the murder of the police on the Island, Beníquez fled to the island of Santa Cruz, where it is alleged that he shot the policeman Dexter Mardenborough in front of a disco club in 1991.

Subsequently, he moved to the neighboring island of St. Thomas, where he allegedly killed three other people and then settled in New York. He was arrested in that state in February 1991 for the assault and murder of a jewelry manager in Brooklyn, identified as Luis Medina. The arrest took place in a grocery store five blocks from where Beníquez perpetrated the assault on the jewelry store.

For this crime, he served 25 years in jail, after pleading guilty.

The website of the New York Department of Community Correction and Supervision states that Beníquez extinguished his sentence at the Attica criminal institution in that state. Sources in this media reported that about two months ago Beníquez served his sentence and remains on probation in New York. Man owns accounts on social networks.

However, Beníquez has not faced justice in Puerto Rico for the double murder of the agents, said a retired policeman who spoke with EL VOCERO on condition of anonymity. The former agent expressed his desire for justice to these two agents who lost their lives almost three decades ago in the line of duty.

The ex-agent commented that the fine policemen are not forgotten in Caimito police station, since the photo of both appears on a wall in recognition of their work.

Allege inaction of local authorities

Meanwhile, sources in the state of New York reported that the authorities of that city recently notified the government of Puerto Rico about the release of Beníquez and that they did not take action on the matter on the Island.

This newspaper requested a reaction from the Department of Justice and Secretary Dennise Longo indicated in written statements that “the Department of Justice, through the Office of the Chief of Prosecutors, is analyzing this case. The investigation dates back to events that occurred in 1990 and requires a thorough analysis to determine which evidence is still in force to prosecute the accused. Two prosecutors have been assigned to work the investigation together with Puerto Rico Police officers. ”

Longo added that "the public ministry reaffirms our commitment to achieve convictions and do justice in all cases with reliable and effective evidence."

The source states that it was not until this media requested a reaction to Justice on the matter that began to analyze the case.

The police report states that as a result of the investigative management of the agents, they found several eyewitnesses to the double murder who were taken sworn statements, by instructions of the prosecutor Meléndez.

Sources of this media indicated that the Bureau of Forensic Sciences (NCF) keeps the file of this case, in which it is detailed that they have the uniform of the murdered policemen and the bullet shells recovered at the scene, among other evidence.

Autopsies of the final agents were carried out by the pathologist Francisco Cortés.

Included in dismal list

Meanwhile, the Murderpedia website includes Beníquez in his list of serial killers. The publication includes the resolution of the Court of Appeals of New York, dated December 13, 1999, confirming the conviction of the individual on charges of second degree murder, theft and possession of a firearm.

The other person linked to the murder of the two police officers —Valentín Mañón— had cases of armed robbery in Miami Dade County, Florida, in 1996. On May 26, 2004, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico for bank robbery by armed hand. He pleaded guilty to these charges and was sentenced to 24 years in jail and three years of probation, according to the electronic file of the Federal Court on the Island.

Meanwhile, according to a press release from the New Jersey District Attorney's Office, Valentín Mañón was charged with armed robbery at a jewelry store in Elizabeth, Newark. The subject was found guilty by a jury on February 15. The sentence is set for January 29, 2020 before Judge Madeline Cox.

Ret Officer CRUZ PRPD
Ret Puerto Rico Police Dept

February 24, 2020

My Forever True Love,
It’s going on 27yrs since I last gave that glimpse of your walking out the door going to work telling me you loved me. I still can see me calling you back to look at something on the TV and you would peep through the window until you said you had to go. You will always have a special piece of my heart locked away until we meet again. I am sure you are with mom (2017) and my bro (2016)give them my love . Rest on my love , you are never forgotten

Lesley
Retired Police Sgt.

January 21, 2019

My condolences to the family of Officer Dexter Mardenborough. His soul is now in Heaven, for he gave his life protecting others. May God bless his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

January 26, 2018

I AM AN OLD FRIEND OF DEXTER, WE MET DURING MY DAYS FOLLOWING THE BAND 17 PLUS,AND WE BECAME INSTANT FRIENDS,I JOINED THE COAST GUARD IN 1988 SO I HAD LEFT THE ISLANDS,I WAS IN NEW JERSEY WHEN MY MOTHER TOLD ME THE NEWS,MY HEART IS STILL SICK FROM MISSING YOU SO MUCH,THERE WILL NEVER BE A KINDER FRIEND,"GOOFY" I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH

KELVIN ANTHONY PEREIRA(AKA FISH)
VERY GOOD FRIEND

September 17, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first anniversary of your death.. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 27, 2012

This past January marked twenty years since you went on to permanently watch over all of us. You are not and will never be forgotten.I remember getting the terrible news like it happened just yesterday. I was honored to be one of those who searched for your murderers. Justice was served. Rest in peace brother.

Deputy First Class
Orange County Sheriff's Office Fl.

March 1, 2011

Rest in peace brother. You will never be forgotten.Central High Class of 1984.

Deputy First Class Jerome A. Cuthbert Sr
Orange County Sheriff's Office,Fl.

September 3, 2009

May you continue to Rest In Peace, Brother on this 18th anniversary of your brutal murder. You have not been forgotten.

God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 27, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 1, 2008

Dexter it's been almost 17 years when your tour of duty ended, and half my heart died. My thoughts of you and I will live in my heart. I thank god that I was able to share a part of your life, your love for me will never be forgotten and your favorite songs will always play on...Goofy !!! We Tramping Now ! God Bless

Lesley
Loving Partner

February 8, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 23, 2008

God bless you and keep you always.

DE
St. Louis City Police

August 20, 2007

my friend dexter (goofy ) i miss you so much,you have been such a great friend to me,i know your looking over me,god bless your family and i pray you continue wacthing over me.

kelvin pereira,u.s. coast guard
good friend

July 8, 2007

Officer Mardenborough,

Rest in peace Warrior! You are not FORGOTTEN......

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt
VSUPD

July 15, 2006

It's been thirteen years since you have passed on to eternally watch over us. I can still remember the gut wrenching feeling that flowed through me when I heard what happened on that early Sunday morning. I will never forget.
Your service has been an inspiration to me during the last fourteen years of my law enforcement career and I will continue to keep the faith. God bless you.

Deputy Jerome Cuthbert Orange County (Fl.)Sheriff's Office.
Former Sgt. U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department.

Deputy Sheriff Jerome A. Cuthbert Sr.
Orange County Sheriff's Office Fl.

March 9, 2004

You are a bright vision in my eyes. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't reflect on some of the special things you have done for us. My prayers are always of you. It may as well have been an Honor to have crossed in your life and have you a part of our Family. Thank You. God knew what he meant when he said " Blessed are the Peacemakers " .

Anonymous

May god continue to bless each and every family of fallen Police Officers it is very hard to deal with.

My thoughts and prayers are always with the Mardenbourgh Family, friends and Loved one.

God has given each and every one of us strength to continue to live our lives and maintain happy memories of Dexter. I want to thank the Virgin Islands Police Department for continuosly remembering the Ultimate sacrifice that Dexter took to uphold that oath that so many officers take. Bless you all !!!! Peace !!!! and Love !!!!!!!!!!!!


A greater friend !

Pofc.Lesley Hatchett
Virgin Islands Police Department

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