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Manhunt Takes Police Through W. Norriton, Norristown

Multiple police departments involved

Updated story here: 


Update, Wednesday 12:38 a.m. Norristown Police said the suspect remains at large. We'll attempt to learn more later this morning.

Update 11:54 p.m. A Norristown police officer involved in the manhunt confirmed that they are continuing to search for a suspect, but declined to say where police are focusing right now.

Update 11:39 p.m. WPVI-TV is now reporting that Norristown Police have been notified regarding the identity of a suspect who allegedly struck a Philadelphia police officer with his Ford F-150 truck earlier this evening and left his license and registration in the possession of that officer. Philadelphia police told WPVI that they believe the unidentified man will be in custody soon.

We have no official confirmation that the manhunt, which has since moved inside Norristown borough, is connected with the Philadelphia incident.

Update 11:25 p.m. A Montgomery County Department of Public Safety representative confirmed that a suspect remains at large.

Initial story below.

Police from West Norriton, Lower Providence, and Norristown were involved Tuesday night in a manhunt for an unidentified suspect in the Jeffersonville section of West Norriton, according to numerous reports on Montgomery County's public safety radio channels.

Reader reports and police radio transmissions indicated that the search was being concentrated in the general vicinity of N. Whitehall Road and W. Marshall Street. Readers on Norristown Patch's Facebook page reported seeing a helicopter in the area, though it was not immediately clear whether the helicopter belonged to the police or a media outlet. 

Patch has thus far been unable to confirm other readers' reports that the individual was being sought in connection with the alleged hit-and-run of a Philadelphia police officer earlier Tuesday night.

WPVI-TV reported that the vehicle in that incident, which was recovered 10 blocks from the scene, was registered to a Norristown address.

We'll have updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

Aric July 18, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Absolutely, Christine R. Cops out and about, helicopter overhead.... Get inside and let them do their job.
Weezee July 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
And be the 2nd phone call to the police non-emergent line (Aric will be the first) to ask why is there a police helicopter with a spot light and police officers driving around with spot lights? Aric, you keep saying have common sence to get inside and let the police do there jobs and yet you openly admitted to calling to inquire. So what side of the fence will you be on with this comment? There are notification practices in place to send out information, there was no phone call with a recorded message, there was no notification through Ready PA, there wasn't even a ma'am or sir walking your dog on site notification. So, tell me, where is the line drawn? The line would have been drawn real fast had I not arrived safely inside my home by using my God given common sence. And yet, as a tax paying resident I deserved to receive information pertaining directly to my safe being.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
My reply seems to have vanished, so once again, after locking the doors and watching the helicopter literally overhead for an hour I called to see what's up. WNT doesn't have a helicopter, in case you weren't aware, so at that point I checked every news source I could find and then (very apologetically) called the non-emergency/business number for WNT police. I agree that perhaps this sort of thing should be folded into the montco.alertpa.org site, but given the budget cuts I don't see that happening. Perhaps you would like to spearhead the movement to make it happen at the next Township meeting? Me, I gave 2 weeks of my time to auditing the WNT 2012 budget when they proposed the aforementioned cuts to the Police Department. Your turn.
Aric July 19, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Also, I'd be much more concerned about Montco not letting residents know about a transformer blowing up at the Limerick nuclear power plant, which resulted in an unplanned shutdown of Unit 1, than I would be about WNT not letting folks know about a guy who supposedly ran over a cop in Onley. YMMV.
Mohandus Frieri August 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
All of these commenters need to be put in jail for 25-50 years in order to solve the problem. We'll have to cut back in other areas in order to pay for it.


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