At 7 a.m., March 19, 1906, Sergeant Frederick H. Booth was shot and killed while attempting to arrest one John Blake, 28, outside a boarding house on Page Avenue. John Blake was one of 3 men wanted for robbing the Brooklyn Post Office.
John Blake and Jack Hamilton were able to elude capture at the scene of the shooting. However, the third man, John Walpole, 28, was arrested at the scene and was taken to jail. After many hours and the largest manhunt of the time, John Blake and Jack Hamilton were arrested at a farm 2.5 miles west of the city along the Michigan Central Railroad Line. All 3 were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.