Much of the information in this article mirrors the information in an article we posted last evening about the six-hour barricade incident in Plymouth Meeting on January 13th. However, one interesting piece of information wasn’t included last night. The two men who were arrested are brothers and they have the same name.
Today, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Plymouth Township Police Chief John C. Myrsiades announced the arrests of brothers Willie F. Singletary, 20, and Willie F. Singletary III, 29, both of Plymouth Township. The younger Singletary is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and related charges. The older brother is charged with felony aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and additional charges related to the Jan. 13th1 stand-off with law enforcement at the brothers’ home at 1975 Johnson Road in Plymouth Meeting.
The older Singletary refused to come out of the home when members of the Montgomery County SWAT—Central arrived at the home to serve a search warrant. The warrant was tied to the younger brother’s involvement in a series of armed robberies and thefts from gas stations and convenience stores in Montgomery and Chester counties. The younger Singletary surrendered peacefully, along with three females and one child. The older brother refused to exit or comply with any law enforcement requests. A check by police found that Singletary III was wanted for homicide by the Philadelphia Police Department.
According to today’s press release, Singletary III refused countless police orders to exit the residence and surrender, repeatedly threatened the lives of law enforcement operating on the scene, and also threatened to light the house on fire. After nearly five hours of negotiation by SWAT negotiators, Singletary exited the residence at approximately 2:45 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident.
The younger Singletary was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Conspiracy to Commit Receiving Stolen Property related to an armed robbery by five suspects that took place on Christmas Day at the In & Out Food Mart at 1067 Dekalb Street in Bridgeport. Approximately $3,000, multiple lottery tickets, and an iPhone were stolen.
The younger Singletary was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III, who set bail at $300,000 cash. The defendant failed to make bail and was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is set for 9:00 a.m., on January 27th before Magisterial District Judge James P. Gallagher.
The elder Singletary was charged by Montgomery County with multiple counts of felony Aggravated Assault as well as Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault and Endangering Other Persons. Singletary III was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III, who set bail at $500,000 cash. The defendant failed to make bail and was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is set for 10:45 a.m., on February 19th before Judge Bernhardt.
Both cases will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Scott Frank Frame.