Suspect needed for Philadelphia murder taken into custody in Plymouth Assembly | Native Information
PLYMOUTH – A Plymouth Meeting house was in the spotlight on Wednesday when members of the Montgomery County’s SWAT Central team surrounded the house on Johnson Road in 1975 while trying to execute a search warrant.
At the time of the search warrant’s first execution on Wednesday morning, a man and three women left the residence and surrendered to police without incident, a press release said. One of the women was carrying a small child
Another man, Willie Floyd Singletary III, refused to leave the residence and surrender to the police.
Multiple jurisdictions in Montgomery County, Chester County, and New York State have conducted a joint investigation into individuals involved in armed robbery and theft of gas stations. As a result of the ongoing investigation, the search warrant was requested and approved by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
The SWAT Central team negotiators spent more than five hours negotiating with Singletary trying to convince him to surrender peacefully. During this time, Singletary repeatedly threatened the lives of local law enforcement agencies, including threatening to set the house on fire. Singletary left the residence at around 2:45 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident.
The press release also indicated that preliminary investigations into Willie Floyd Singletary III have revealed that he is currently wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for Homicide.
Nearby residents have been evacuated from their homes or have chosen to take shelter in safe places inside their homes.
The police thanked the following local authorities who assisted in reporting this incident
a sure conclusion that did not injure law enforcement or suspects: Montgomery District Attorney Kevin Steele; Montgomery County Detective Bureau, Violent Crime Division; Montgomery County Department of Public Safety; Montgomery County Emergency Dispatch Services; Montgomery County SWAT – Central Team; Montgomery County SWAT – West Team; Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office – K9 Unit; Montgomery County Correctional Facility; Horsham Police Department – K9 Unit; Bridgeport Police Department; Upper Merion Police Department; Coatesville Police Department; Lower Pottsgrove Police Department; Members of the FBI Bucks / Montgomery Safe Streets Task Force.
According to police, a multi-jurisdictional armed robbery and theft investigation and the investigation into Willie Floyd Singletary III are active and ongoing.