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.
Wanted Person Apprehended by Police in West Norriton