Name : Loreto, Alfred 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 1524 Command: 048 Pct.
Date of Death: 1950-07-21   Cause of Death: Shot-Pursuit Off Duty
 Patrolman Alfred Loreto, at about 7:30 p.m., July 21, 1950, while on vacation leave, entered his automobile and pursued two men who had assaulted, robbed and kidnapped the proprietor of a butcher shop in the victim?s automobile from in front of premises 1841 Herring Avenue, Bronx. Upon overtaking the stolen car, the bandits opened fire and mortally wounded the officer. The two bandits then fled on foot but were apprehended by other officers a discarded revolver was recovered. As a result of an investigation following these arrests, two accomplices were subsequently arrested and another gun used in the shooting was recovered.  
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Rudolpho Santobello was a young hoodlum when he was convicted of the 1950 murder of policeman Alfred Loreto. Because of his age - just 22 - Santobello was spared the death penalty and sentenced to life in prison. But 15 years later, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling about illegal searches was applied retroactively to his conviction, he was released and went right back to the mean streets. That's where Frank Serpico collared him in 1968 as he pulled policy numbers from behind a removable brick in a South Bronx building. In one of the most dramatic scenes in the 1973 movie about the bearded, bead-wearing cop who in 1970 blew the whistle on police corruption in New York, Serpico, played by Al Pacino, hauled Santobello to the stationhouse and handcuffed him to a railing. After leaving the room for a few moments to attend to paper work, Serpico returned to find that his fellow detectives had released Santobello and were laughing with him. An outraged Serpico flung Santobello across the room, handcuffing him again as his colleagues told him to take it easy. "Rudy is good people," said one. "This is who your friend is, he's a f****** cop killer," screamed Serpico as he threw Santobello's rap sheet at the detectives. In real life, Serpico booked him, the Bronx district attorney's office got an indictment and Santobello was sentenced to a year in prison. But again, the Supreme Court came to his rescue. The high court upheld the claim that a newly assigned prosecutor was bound by a promise for leniency that a previously assigned prosecutor had given Santobello in return for his guilty plea. In 1995 however Santobello recieved 78 months in prison for loan sharking and racketerring Holding that plea bargaining was an essential element of the criminal justice system, the court ordered Santobello re-sentenced according to the original deal.
— Brit Cop

Please refer to an article in THE BRONX TIMES REPORTER, July 21, 2000.
— Thomas Vasti

rest in peace.
— santoriello
Posted: November 24, 2006, 6:14 am

Alfred Loreto was my grandfather that I never knew. On the anniversary of my father ( his sons) death, I feel very sentimental about them both. My grandfather's death deeply affected my father in ways that he kept very private. I am grateful to the City of New York and the brave men in Blue who have kept his memory alive. Many Thanks, Liz Loreto Radcliffe
— Liz Radcliffe
Posted: October 17, 2008, 6:59 pm

You mention a second man involved in the murder of Alfred Loreto. You did not mention the name. The name of the second man was Joseph Cobo. Inasmuch as Rudolpho Santobello got sentenced to life in prison, what was Joseph Cobo's sentence? What ever happened to him. They were both in it together.
— F. Pagano
Posted: September 27, 2010, 4:20 pm

Joseph Corbo was also sentenced to life imprisonment, commuted from capital punishment due to Santobello's age (21). Corbo was 10 years older. Due to the "treatment" Santobello received at the hands of investigating detectives, Corbo confessed. In 1959, the sentence was thrown out due to "coercion". Both received new trials and were freed by 1965. Corbo is believed to have died in prison. Santobello has been in and out of prison ever since. If Santobello is still alive, he is well into his eighties...
— Thomas Vasti
Posted: February 12, 2012, 8:59 pm

I often think about about those Police Officer who gave up the ultimate sacrifice and how they would be remembered, especially being City Cop myself. Well it's good to know that Patrolman Alfred Loreto has one of the nicest parks in the Bronx named after him. The Neighborhood is still great and I take my kids there everyday.
— William McAloon
Posted: May 11, 2013, 12:05 pm

Ptl. Loreto you passed assisting another while off duty, you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Alfred.
— Tommy
Posted: July 21, 2013, 7:57 am

Rudolph Santobello was released from federal prison in 2000 after serving almost 6 years. He died in 2013 at the age of 85........
— tom
Posted: July 21, 2014, 6:41 am

Alfred we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 21, 2014, 9:49 am

Alfred we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 14, 2015, 7:14 am

I grew up playing in "Loreto Park," the New York City park located off Morris Park Avenue in the Bronx that was named in honor of Officer Alfred Loreto. I now have a child who enjoys playing in Loreto Park, and I will make sure to teach her about the Park's namesake, of Officer Loreto's brave and selfless acts. After 65 years, Officer Loreto, you are still remembered.
— Vinnie
Posted: July 21, 2015, 9:42 am



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