Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Ladson-Singleton was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Saturday in the 600 block of Green Street in Norristown. Police arrived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m. that morning and discovered Ladson-Singleton lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso. He was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities say witnesses and members of the community with information about the incident are refusing to share information with investigators.
Investigators are reportedly having similar issues finding cooperating witnesses in several other recent shooting incidents in Norristown including a Nov. 21 incident in which a young man was shot in the stomach in the 900 block of Polk Alley and a Nov. 12 incident in which two young men were shot in the 600 block of Chain Street. In both incidents, the victims and witnesses have refused to cooperate with police.
Authorities are hoping the reward money will provide incentive for witnesses who were on the scene at the time of Ladson-Singleton's death to come forward and cooperate with investigators who are trying to solve the murder.
"Without cooperation from citizens and witnesses, it is impossible for members of law enforcement to bring justice for the death of Ryan Ladson-Singleton and other victims of violent crimes," said Ferman in a news release about the investigation. "The community must be engaged and involved in police efforts to keep its residents and visitors safe. The most important action members of the community can take to fight violence in their community is to share information about criminal activity with law enforcement."
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368 or the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.
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