July 17, 2019 – In Breaking News – The New York Times
The NYPD wants to make sure this cop-killer gets caught – no matter how long it takes.
The department is offering a record $111,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the coward who gunned down off-duty Brooklyn cop Robert Bolden at Dunne’s Bar & Grille in January 1971.
Officers from Bolden’s old precinct raised the funds to beef up the reward amount to finally get the case solved, officials said.
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Bolden’s family is grateful for the reward.
“I never met my grandfather but he is the reason I became a cop,” said the slain officer’s grandson, NYPD Detective John Bolden, who is assigned to Brooklyn’s 78th Precinct.
“Growing up my grandmother and father always told me fond stories about him, how he loved being a police officer, how he loved helping people in the community and how he was always working, even when he was off duty trying to help people,” the 41-year-old detective said.
He said he became a detective eight years ago in the hopes he could one day work on his slain grandfather’s case — “to be able to bring closure to the case and my family.”
Robert Bolden, a US Navy veteran assigned to the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, was shot to death with a sawed-off shotgun shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday Jan. 22, 1971, while off duty.
The Post reported at the time how a bartender at the popular bar and restaurant at 345 Gold St. asked the officer to intervene with another patron at the bar, who pulled the shotgun out from under his coat and opened fire.
There’s a record $111,500 reward for info leading to the arrest of the coward who murdered off-duty NYPD officer Robert Bolden in Jan. 1971. “I never met my grandfather, but he is the reason I became a cop,” the officer’s grandson said.☎️ 1-800-577-TIPS ⬇️https://t.co/CPGrsMwMPO pic.twitter.com/nFZmKNRhHX
— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) July 18, 2019
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