Authorities Investigating Connection Between Brown and Ladson-Singleton Murders

Local police and county detectives are reportedly investigating a possible connection between the Christmas night murder of Paul Brown and the Oct. 20 murder of Ryan Ladson-Singleton.

Norristown Police and Montgomery County Detectives continue to investigate the Christmas night shooting death of 24-year-old Paul Brown. Brown was reportedly found by police who responded to West Scott Alley behind the 120 Wayne Avenue shortly after 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25 for a reported shooting. Brown was discovered sitting in the driver's seat of his 1997 Buick Sedan with multiple gunshot wounds. Police reportedly recovered 15 shells from the scene of the crime.

Brown was reportedly transported by Plymouth Ambulance to Mercy Suburban Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police currently have no suspects in the crime.

Tracy Brown, the victim's aunt, told The Times Herald that Brown was on his way to Christmas dinner at his mother's house, but for reason's unknown went to West Scott Alley. She told the Herald she believes her nephew was ambushed.

Authorities are reportedly investigating possible links between this homicide and the Oct. 20 murder of Ryan Ladson-Singleton. According to Norristown Police Lt. Michael Crescitelli, Brown was named as "a person of interest" and interviewed by detectives in the Ladson-Singleton case, but was "not very forthcoming with information." Rumors continue to persist in the community implicating Brown in the crime, however.

"There was no actual evidence linking [Brown] to the murder," Lt. Crescitelli wrote to Norristown Patch in an email. He also noted that no weapon was found in Brown's car or at the crime scene at the time of his murder.

Lt. Crescitelli noted that police have learned that Brown and , were friends. Wells reportedly told police that he believed there was a contract on his life in connection with the Ladson-Singleton murder.

Tracy Brown told the Herald that her nephew was "a tough kid" with a criminal history, but that he seemed stressed recently. He reportedly told a family member, "I might need you." 

"It just seemed like he was not all there," Brown told the Herald. "And now, he’s gone. I am devastated by this. Paul had issues, but he was a good kid."

Brown is not implicated in any of the recent shootings Wells was allegedly involved in.

Norristown Police and the Montgomery County Detectives continue to investigate Brown's murder and ask anyone with information to call the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977 or Montgomery County Detective Bureau 610-278-3368.


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Steve December 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
@ Larry Sadly at night is when the thugs come out....so no many don't come out. Sad isn't it?
Lisa December 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
At the end of the day, lives have been lost, and parents and families are in tremendous pain. Please, please stop attacking one another and pointing fingers. Let's truly think about how WE as a community can impact Norristown for change and then take action. NOTHING is impossible. My prayers go out to ALL of the families from years past and up to the present. Being the relative of a person lost to violence, I want to let you know that although it may feel like it now, you are not alone. The pain that you feel is unspeakable, but you will make it through this!
rip December 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
rest easy lr
VIP January 04, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Hey everyone check this out. Just like we hear who did it or supposedy done it Why would someone have to call and leave a tip. They can folow-up from the talk they hear in the streets. What difference does it make whether you call in and leave a tip or they hear it for themselves in the streets. BOTTOM line is you still have to follow -up and do your JOB!!!. All that taljk about nobody"s telling us anything LAST I checked your the detectives get up off your LAZY asses and do the job you signed up for!!! And if you were really trying to solve these murders and shootings you would offer a substantial reward . The borough and police have collected enough from the citizens where they can offer a real reward. WHY should the people have to do your job for you!!!
SCANDAL January 04, 2013 at 12:01 PM
There should be no reward offered to catch the monster who shoots or kills people. If anyone has information on what happened should care enough about their neighborhood and community to turn the person in. Norristown use to be a great place to raise a family and community . But now all you hear about is shootings . Stop the violence. Take back your community and push the thugs out. I have wonderful memories of growing up on George St We would walk to the zoo as a group. Play outside as a neighborhood. The sad part is the children of this generation and upcoming ones will never know have those types of childhood memories. They will only have the memories of people being shot in killed on the streets they grew up on. People open your eyes and do the right thing for yourself and your community


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