Three Fugitive Murder Suspects Arrested in Endicott
A joint police operation conducted by the Southern Tier SWAT Team, Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force, the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Task Force, and the Endicott Police Department in the Village of Endicott Wednesday night led to the successful apprehension of three fugitive murder suspects out of Pennsylvania.
The three suspects, Damon Brantley Jr. of Norristown, PA, Daquan Allen of Norristown, PA, and Jerry Butler, of Philadelphia, PA, were wanted for a murder that occurred on January 20th in Norristown, Pennsylvania, which is outside of Philadelphia. The Broome County Sheriff's Office says the incident involved a robbery, murder with a firearm and arson of a vehicle. An investigation led to a search warrant for 1104 Monroe Street in Endicott.
The warrant was executed around 7:20 p.m. Thursday and the three suspects were taken into custody without incident. Currently, they are being held at the Broome County Sheriff's Correctional Facility as fugitives from justice, where they are awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.
“Three people suspected of a heinous murder in the Philadelphia area are now safely off the streets due to the outstanding efforts, professionalism, and teamwork of members of the NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force for the Southern Tier, the Southern Tier SWAT team, the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force, the Endicott Police Department, and the Broome County Sheriff's Office. Because of their efforts, these suspects are off of the village streets and will be brought to justice,” Endicott Police Chief Patrick Garey said.
According to the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney, Norristown Police responded to a report of shots fired at West Wood Street and Powell Street on the evening of January 20th. When there, they found 35-year-old William Carter of Norristown, deceased on the scene. An investigation by the Norristown Police and Montgomery County Detectives determined Brantley, Allen, and Butler were the three people involved in the armed robbery and killing of Carter, and Brantley was identified as the shooter, according to the D.A. The investigation also determined that Carter had left the home of an acquaintance on Powell Street to get something out of his vehicle when he was attacked, robbed, and shot, according to the D.A.
The D.A. says Carter was fatally shot in the head with a gun that detectives believe was equipped with an illegal "switch", which is a device that allows a semi-automatic gun to become fully automatic, and it had an extended magazine. Three 9mm casings were found at the scene.
An extended magazine, 9mm ammunition, and other evidence that connected Brantley was found in his girlfriend's Norristown apartment. Further investigation determined Brantley had been driving a stolen Toyota Rav-4 since it was stolen on December 21st in Cheltenham, PA. He was also seen wearing the same clothing earlier in the day at a Norristown High School basketball game, where he spoke with a school resource officer, according to the D.A.
In the early-morning hours of January 21st, Norristown Police responded to a vehicle fire, and found a Toyota Rav-4 completely engulfed in flames. Police determined it was the same vehicle that had been stolen a month earlier, according to the D.A.