Tyrone 'T-Man' Griffin Apprehended in Friday Police Action

Authorities mobilized the SWAT to apprehend Griffin, who they say was wanted in connection with several shooting incidents in Norristown, in an apartment in West Norriton.

Norristown and West Norriton Police departments mobilized in West Norriton on Friday evening and apprehended 25-year-old Tyrone Griffin, a.k.a. "T-Man." Griffin has an extensive criminal history reaching back to his teenage years and was wanted on several open warrants in connection with several shooting incidents in Norristown as well as other crimes.

According to Detective Lt. Michael Crescitelli, officers were dispatched the area of Chain and Oak streets Friday night, Feb. 22 at approximately 5:30 p.m., for a report of shots fired. On the scene, witnesses told police that Griffin, known to police and wanted on local and county warrants, was involved in the incident. Witnesses reportedly identified the vehicle he was driving as a silver Chevrolet Impalla. 

Police had also recently received information that Griffin was staying at the apartment of a family member on Centre Ave. in West Norriton, Lt. Crescitelli told Patch. Officers proceeded immediately to the apartment complex to stake out the area and observed Griffin entering the building a short time later.

Officers knocked on the door of the apartment in question and received no answer, although they could hear people moving inside the apartment, according to police reports. The officers alerted West Norriton Police, who assisted Norristown Police in surrounding the building.

"West Norriton PD was actually in the process of getting their SWAT team out there," said Lt. Crescitelli. "About an hour after all this started, Tyrone Griffin came to the door and turned himself over to police."

Inside the apartment, police reportedly recovered two digital scales with suspected cocaine residue, drug packaging materials, two bags of marijuana, and ammunition for three different guns – a .40 caliber, a .357 caliber, and a 9mm. No guns were found in the apartment or in a subsequent search of the area.

"[Griffin] is a person of interest in a lot of shootings, a lot of shots fired [incidents]," said Lt. Crescitelli. "That's why we wanted him off the street."

Griffin is currently being held in Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing on drug-related charges is scheduled for March 5 at 10 a.m.


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Suzanne Stanley Thomas February 26, 2013 at 01:37 PM
The negative comments and bickering back and forth are unnecessary. Norristown already looks bad and the residents posting these messages makes us look like a bunch of ignorant low life’s. Put your energy into mentoring young people and making our town safer. We should be supporting the police in finding the people that took the lives of so many young people in this town. I grew up in West Norriton and have lived in this area all my life. It makes me sad when my kids tell me they can’t wait to move out of Norristown but I can’t say that I blame them when so many of their friends have been victims to violence.
Steve February 26, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Sad that many have turned this into a black/white thing. Color has nothing to do with who a criminal is.......I hire both black and white ex-cons and the only thing they have in common is making very stupid choices. Many came from good families but drugs or easy money took them down a path that was wrong. As I stated in earlier post some get it others don't. Mr. Griffin doesn't get it. He has been in trouble with the law since 2003. I am stunned by the amount of charges this man has had in 10 years. This is not a good person. For those that defend him, he may be a friend, brother or son but in God's name is this someone you want your kids emulating? May people defend criminals because they provide money or drugs to their close circle. Honestly this may be the case here.....He should be behind bars before he does kill someone.
Desiree February 26, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Steve you keep talking like you 1. have a personal vendetta 2. are one of the police or 3. just talking cause its here. It doesn't matter what he has on his record. They always throw 300 charges on a case to make you look bad but again anpther idiot that does not know how to read a record for convictions just sit here and talk. Those losers at the station just want people to act just as ignorant and dumb as them and none of you got anything to say but a bunch of jibberish. You stunned for the amount of charges of convictions to the charges. If I am not mistaken everyone charged with something has a list of charges that sit there in the magistrates but under the commonwealth. You all have children that have been involved or will be involved regardless to how good they were raised just because their time didn't come yet doesn't mean it won't happen. Imagine if it were you kid, would you be sitting on here talking what you don't know? Seems like a bunch of judging and negativity. This is not a good person, what are your kids right now until you find out dirt they do? Smh
Desiree February 26, 2013 at 02:29 PM
This is why I don't even bother to read this crappy patch news because its all street talk.
2nd amendment February 26, 2013 at 02:45 PM
@ Itsjustme- WAKE THE HELL UP!! Obama is trying little by little to make this country just like the UK. SO assault weapons is a start and then he will call a ban on all firearms. Or will call Marshall Law. It is coming, you must be one of those brainwashed idiots who watch the news and believe everything you hear on there. Do your research, and stop watching what THE MEDIA reports. They are owned by the government and the Illuminati. They control what gets reported and how to brainwash Americans. Go on YouTube and watch the Sandy Hook shooting exposed. That should open your eyes to what is really going on. People are just too oblivious and ignorant to know what's really going on in this soon to be communist government. It is headed that way. So before you even comment, spend some time researching the truth. It is out there, you just need to do the work and figure it out. Watching the news won't reveal it. They cover things up to protect the big brother.
Elliot Peters February 26, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I was looking his docket sheets before I even read your comments. Definitely on the same page. I never understood why people defend others with such a long criminal history. If these people do not want to function properly in society, then stop defending them. Its sad when your criminal history outshines your resume, but someone has to love them.
Elliot Peters February 26, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Ok. Whenever people say to check the facts, I never know what source they are citing. The facts that I see are that 38.8% are white and 39.8% are black (Department of Commerce) . Poverty levels definitely belong to whites in the U.S. The reason being is that the population of whites is a little over 6 times that of blacks. The number people should look at are the ratios of poverty to the amount of people in the population. Census Bureau numbers show about 10% of whites in poverty and 25% of blacks. If this comes off racist, then you are blind to real facts and this will alter any possibility of a logical conversation. Before people assume, I am white. But these facts can be looked up by all races.
Steve February 26, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Desiree- Let me ask you some serious questions.....Mr. Griffin has been repeatedly arrested since 2003. So none of those charges are true? Has he been convicted of any of those charges? Doesn't it make sense that if Mr. Griffin is a good guy... he would stop hanging with folks that get arrested? Why does he constantly find himself getting arrested? Is posting two comments in 24 hours a personal vendetta? I will answer that one for you....no it's not. I am tired of having to be on guard going into my home. I am tired of hearing about young people wasting their lives on the same corners as their fathers and brothers. I am tired of hiring ex-cons who all say the same thing........I only did one little thing and the cops framed me.
The optimist February 26, 2013 at 03:53 PM
can patch let us know when his arraignment is and where it is? i would love to go.
No Excuses February 26, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Desiree, you are mistaken. Everyone charged with a crime does not get charged with a list of random things just to see if something sticks. Generally, people who are charged with multiple crimes have committed multiple crimes...or a single crime that equates to multiple charges (i.e. possession with intent to sell, disorderly conduct, illegal weapons). I do have kids and obviously was a kid myself and neither they nor I were ever arrested and if they were I'd be kicking their asses. This may or may not be a "nice" guy in the neighborhood, but he's not making Norristown a better place for anyone! Plenty of people would have said Jerry Sandusky's a nice guy, but that doesn't change the fact that he's an evil child molesting monster.
Desiree February 26, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Steve if you so called went and saw his charges then your stupid ass should have seen everything else. Don't get on here hiding behind the screen with your police sitting ass talking shit and not talking about all of it. Screw you and your kids I don't give 3 shits about you or them. You get on here slamming somebody else's kid and probably the main one of the ignorant fools that stay slander other people as if you shit don't stink. Its a first time for everything so don't speak about what you or you kids were part of. You just keep sitting there hating and trying, lol.
Desiree February 26, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Charges/Convictions as said. No excuses good for you too. Bet the apple not far from the trees here. Like I said just hope your kids do well with life even when you die today or tomorrow.
Desiree February 26, 2013 at 05:04 PM
The optimist February 26, 2013 at 05:07 PM
hey you want an easy way to get the facts? http://webapp.montcopa.org:8080/inmatelookup?client=public check the box for released inmates... lets see.... robbery, robbery again, simple assault, parole violation with illegal possession of a firearm and drug possession, another simple assault, terroristic threats,drug possession, fleeing police and drug possession and finally 2 failure to appears and drug possession. The above was over an 11 year period.... the gaps of activity from 2003-2005 and 2008 and 2012 probably mean he was busy eaither A) leading a productive life in society or B) in jail
teresa February 26, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Haha optimist you are fighting a losing battle. These dumbasses are going to keep standing up for the great citizen. But like someone said if he was such a stand up guy. How come no one bailed him out???
H8TR February 26, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yo all yall molly poppin grimey mugs defending this pos like you know he didnt do it, yeah ok. This is why your town is bucked. People commit crimes n u see it then nobody knows nuttin when da po po show up then say the police didnt do nuffin. Well live in your own urine and feces then. One day u or a f may catch a stray and you can blame something udder den da problem. Dont hate da player, hate da game. Suckas
jxjipper February 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM
i'm sure they'll welcome his asshole as you so eloquently pointed out, i don't know about the rest of him.
i was jus thinking February 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM
i was jus thinking February 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM
the diploma from methacton means what at this point....what is sad is that he didn't take advanced of the better education that most of theses boys didn't receive..just goes to show you that,the brightest education means nothing,STRUCTURE,ENFORCEMENT,GUIDANCE,A LITTLE TLC,N SOME TYPE OF HIGHER POWER WILL ALWAYS B THE BEST TEACHER..THAT ALONE WILL MOLD YOU IN TO A"PRODUCTIVE "PERSON OF SOCIETY ..."THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE LIVED, IS THE CHOICES YOU MAKE"there is nothing in life worse than wasted talent
smctam February 27, 2013 at 02:25 PM
the police are to blame......thats what the natives are saying in norristown. its funny to me, how the ignorant people can sit back and blame the police for this animal shooting at people. thats why norristown is the way it is.
Latasha cumm February 27, 2013 at 06:05 PM
So what he is a father but it is ok for him to go around and rob other fathers? I don't think so
BrutalHonesty February 27, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I dont even know why anyone is wasting their breath!!! Norristown is headed down a road of destrution and as long as they have a bag of weed, brazilian wavy weave and the lastest sneakers they are satisfied!!! SMH!!
laughing February 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Why don't ya'll all get a life. Most of you idiots probably don't even know him just going off what you hear. I hope your kids don't go down any wrong road while you are all so perfect because last i checked no one was perfect. I'm also sure you all have family members somewhere in the family that is involved with the law so stop trying to keep saying dumb shit on this dumb ass site. Optimist is a penis in someone's pant looking for something to get into. You probably resemble on of those dickhead detectives in that station too, lol.
The optimist February 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM
laughing whats the matter? look yourself up there to see your track record? jealous t has more dings in his belt than you? Maybe we will be looking you up in the weeks ahead.
come on March 01, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Ok I'm black with an education and earning a pretty good penny... but really it's not about race. If he were white black blue purple I would want him off the streets, This guy been to jail more than once. Mistakes happen and your entitled to make a mistake however you have to learn from them. T-man name Pops on the street smh none of it's good. You have these "white guys" not living in Norristown that notice T Man's name pops! But why? I pray if this guy innocent that he is freed but if not let justice come for the victims and their families. This BOY been in the system since he became an adult! Hopefully he learns and in the meantime I pray we get more people like T Man off the streets of Norristown. Very good basketball player at one time is one thing I have nice to say about this BOY. I pray for Norristown! Too many unsolved murders and robberies.Hey but Town does have one positive thing going on Temples K Wyatt! TU lol Black people we have to do better and want better. I would hate to see Norristown in 5 years
Michelle Peterson March 01, 2013 at 05:53 PM
LOL I was thinking the same thing!
Michelle Peterson March 01, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Chuck you seem to stick up for every person who disobeyes the law maybe you should find new friends. You sure were sticking up for the guy that killed someone too. You seem to know the criminal element in Norristown we'll probably be reading about you here soon.
jxjipper March 02, 2013 at 01:16 AM
What incoherent blather that comment was. If you paid for an "education" demand a refund you were defrauded.
Boywonder March 09, 2013 at 04:55 AM
@Chuck, LOL you actually admit to living in Centre Ave condos? Lol i get it now, you are on section 8, lowlife, get a job.....
John Q. Public March 09, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Remember former Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz?


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