3 suspects captured in New York for ambush, murder of father in Norristown, Pennsylvania

The suspects were wanted for the killing of 35-year-old William Carter.

Thursday, February 1, 2024
3 suspects captured in New York for ambush, murder of father in Norristown, Pennsylvania
3 suspects captured in New York for ambush, murder of father in Norristown, Pennsylvania

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Three of the four suspects wanted for a murder earlier this month in Norristown, Pennsylvania, were captured in New York on Wednesday night.

U.S. Marshals Service Philadelphia announced that 18-year-old Damon Brantley Jr., 29-year-old Daquan Allen, and 28-year-old Jerry Butler were taken into custody around 8 p.m. in Endicott, New York.

All three suspects were transported to a jail in Broome County as they await extradition to Pennsylvania, marshals say.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office says Brantley, from Norristown, was the suspect who allegedly pulled the trigger.

All three are charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and robbery for the Jan. 20 killing of 35-year-old William Carter.

Investigators say Carter was walking near West Wood and Powell streets around 7:49 p.m. when three men emerged from a silver Toyota Rav 4, ambushed and robbed him.

After robbing Carter, the D.A.'s office said Brantley fired three shots in quick succession. A bullet struck Carter in the head, killing him.

The shots were fired in such rapid succession that detectives believe the gun was equipped with an illegal 'switch.'

The D.A.'s office describes the switch as "a device that allows a semi-automatic firearm to become fully automatic."

Brantley had allegedly been in possession of the Rav 4 since the vehicle was stolen on Dec. 21 in Cheltenham. The vehicle was later found torched just hours after the murder.

Additionally, Brantley was seen wearing the same clothing earlier in the day at a Norristown High School basketball game where, authorities say, he also spoke with a school resource officer.

Evidence connecting Brantley to the crime was also located at his girlfriend's apartment, investigators say.

Police are expected to provide more updates on the case in the near future.

Family relieved after suspects in William Carter killing captured

Officers say Carter had left a friend's house nearby to grab something from his car when he was attacked.

Family members say they were with Carter the night he died, which makes it all the more shocking.

35-year-old William Wallace Carter

"He didn't deserve this, so whoever did it, they're gonna catch you. Just turn yourself in," said April Smith, the victim's cousin, in an interview with Action News earlier this month.

A memorial for Carter is growing on West Wood Street in Norristown. It's filled with memories, candles, and balloons.

"I love my brother, I love my family," said Danielle, Carter's relative.

Carter's loved ones say they're glad the people behind his death have been apprehended.

"It's not going to bring him back, he's supposed to be here with me right now," said Terrance Solomon, Carter's relative. "The good thing is the family, they want their justice. They're about to get it."

"He was a great man," Solomon continued. "He worked every day, always smiling. He just had a new daughter. That was the joy of his life. Get up and go work and rush home to that baby girl. It's all about his kids. He has a son."

Unfortunately, Carter's death is not the first in this family.

"The eighth death in our family," said Smith. "We just buried his brother on December 2 and his sister a couple of weeks ago. He actually had on his sister's RIP shirt when he got murdered."

"This violence gotta stop, the guns gotta stop, what's going on out here the kids got these guns," said Solomon. "Something got to stop."