Plymouth Township police provide details on today’s barricade situation

Plymouth Township Police Chief John Myrsiades released details on the approximately six-hour barricade incident today at a townhome at 1975 Johnson Road in Plymouth Meeting.

According to the statement, members of the Montgomery County SWAT – Central team executed the search warrant at the home and one male, three females, and one baby, exited the home without incident and surrendered to police. One man, identified as Willie Floyd Singletary III, refused to exit the residence.

The search warrant was the result of a multiple jurisdiction investigation involving Montgomery County, Chester County, and the State of New York involving armed robberies and thefts from gas stations. The search warrant was applied for and approved by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

Once Singletary refused to surrender, negotiators from the Montgomery County SWAT – Central team spent more than five hours negotiating with Singletary attempting to convince him to peacefully surrender. Prior to surrendering without incident, Singletary repeatedly threatened the lives of law enforcement and to light the house on fire.

During this standoff, neighbors were evacuated from their homes or chose to shelter in place in safe locations inside their homes.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Singletary is currently wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for homicide. The investigation of the armed robberies and thefts as well as the investigation of Singletary is active and ongoing.