In a shocking and tragic turn of events, Lacon Brown, 48, has been apprehended and formally charged with murder in connection with the brutal slaying of 45-year-old Cindy Maxwell.
The incident has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving residents of the Parkside Houses in Allerton, Bronx, stunned and deeply concerned.
According to reports, Maxwell’s life was tragically cut short when she was shot multiple times in her apartment, located within the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Parkside Houses complex.
The reports unveiled that “The incident unfolded as her two young daughters, aged 11 and 6, were present in their home.”
The horrifying crime took place three days prior to the shocking discovery of Maxwell’s remains.
Neighbors recall being startled by the sound of gunshots echoing through the complex on the fateful day. The unsettling echoes of the shots served as a chilling precursor to the grim discovery that awaited the authorities.
Following a distress call from a concerned neighbor who detected a foul odor emanating from Maxwell’s apartment, the police swiftly arrived at the scene on Saturday afternoon.
Upon entering Maxwell’s 12th-floor residence at approximately 3:50 p.m., law enforcement officers were confronted with the grim reality of her murder.
However, more distressingly, they soon learned that Maxwell’s two daughters were nowhere to be found, adding an element of desperation to the unfolding investigation.
The search for the missing children launched a frantic race against time. Investigators immediately turned their attention to the children’s father, Lacon Brown, who had a history of criminal activities.
Brown, the father of the two young girls, was considered a person of interest in the case and was located at his residence in Mount Hope, Bronx, by the dedicated efforts of the New York Police Department (NYPD).
In a heartening turn of events amidst the tragedy, both missing girls were located safe within Brown’s residence.
The discovery of the children brought a sense of relief to the community, even as they grappled with the heinous crime that had occurred.
Brown’s criminal history painted a concerning picture. Records revealed that he had previously spent a year in state prison after being convicted of attempted robbery in Brooklyn back in 1999.
Furthermore, he had been arrested on a criminal mischief charge as recently as 2020, demonstrating a pattern of involvement in unlawful activities.
As the case continues to unfold, the community remains gripped by a mix of grief, shock, and relief.
The arrest of Lacon Brown and the safe recovery of Maxwell’s daughters provide a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness, as investigators work tirelessly to piece together the events leading up to this tragic incident.
Residents of the Parkside Houses mourn the loss of a neighbor while clinging to the support and unity that will help them navigate this harrowing chapter.