PLYMOUTH — A Plymouth Meeting home was in the spotlight on Wednesday as members of the Montgomery County SWAT —  Central team surrounded the house at 1975 Johnson Road while attempting to execute a search warrant.

At the time of the initial search warrant execution Wednesday morning, one man and three women, exited the residence and surrendered to police without incident, a press release noted. One of the women was carrying a small child,

One additional male, identified as Willie Floyd Singletary III, refused to exit the residence and surrender to police.

Multiple jurisdictions in Montgomery County, Chester County and the State of New York have been conducting a joint investigation of persons involved in armed robberies and thefts from gas stations. As a result of the ongoing investigation, the search warrant was applied for and approved by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

Negotiators from the SWAT – Central team spent more than five hours negotiating with Singletary, attempting to convince him to peacefully surrender. During this time, Singletary repeatedly threatened the lives of Law Enforcement operating on scene and also threatened to light the house on fire. At approximately 2:45 p.m., Singletary exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

The release further noted that preliminary investigation into Willie Floyd Singletary III revealed that he is currently wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for Homicide.

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes or chose to shelter in place in safe locations inside their homes.

Police expressed their gratitude to the following agencies that assisted at the scene in bringing this incident to

a safe conclusion where no Law Enforcement or suspects were injured: Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele; Montgomery County Detective Bureau, Violent Crime Unit; 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.

A multi-jurisdictional investigation of armed robberies and thefts, as well as the investigation of Willie Floyd Singletary III is active and ongoing, according to police.

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