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Murder Charges Filed in Alleged Botched Robbery

Police have arrested 18-year-old Rontrey Wilkins, of Norristown, for the Monday night shooting death of 25-year-old Andrew Polen, of West Norriton.

An 18 year-old Norristown man is in custody in connection with the Monday shooting that killed 25-year-old Andrew Polen, of West Norriton. Polen was shot during what authorities say was a botched robbery attempt Monday evening and later pronounced dead at Mercy Suburban Hospital

Rontrey Wilkins, of the 500 block of Buttonwood Street, is facing charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder, robbery, and related offenses in connection with the crime.

According to a release issued by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono, East Norriton Township Police responded to the hospital on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:54 p.m. for a report of a gunshot victim who arrived by private vehicle. The victim, identified as Polen, was treated and later pronounced dead. 

According to the release issued by the DA's office:

Investigation revealed that, prior to arriving at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Polen was the passenger in a car being driven by a friend which was targeted for a robbery in the 1200 block of Lafayette Street in Norristown. During this robbery, a suspect fired multiple gunshots at the vehicle.  Andrew Polen was struck in the torso. 

According to authorities, county detectives investigating the scene recovered five 7.65 caliber casings in the street near the scene. Additional examinations of the vehicle Polen was driving in reveal the car was hit by gunfire in three locations. Forensic investigators say the bullet that killed Polen was fired through the front passenger seat in which Polen was sitting from the driver's side rear seat. An autopsy revealed that Polen died from a gunshot wound to the chest. His death was ruled a homicide.

Norristown Police and county detectives interviewed 18-year-old Rontrey Wilkins on Tuesday and say Wilkins admitted his role in Polen's death. Authorities are still searching for two additional males who were with Wilkins during the robbery. 

According to the DA, police searching Wilkins’ home at 503 Buttonwood Street recovered a .32 caliber Walther PPK Pistol, a 12-gauge Remington Model 870 shotgun, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and more than 100 packets of suspected heroin.

Wilkins is being charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder, robbery, and related offenses.  He was arraigned before Judge Francis Lawrence and was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bail. A preliminary hearing date is set for Feb. 27.

Read more details about the attempted robbery gone wrong on The Times Herald's website.

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Original story:

Patch readers reported another shooting incident late Monday night in the area of West Lafayette and Hamilton streets in Norristown and police sources confirm at least one victim is reported dead as a result of the incident.

Official details of the incident are not yet released, but authorities may already have an individual in custody. Details of the incident are expected to be released by the District Attorney's office sometime Tuesday. 

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

James Myers February 27, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Unfortunately people are able to get these inappropriate comments up quicker than I can delete them. Many times I'm still at the scene of a story (like today) and I only find out much later. Readers can remove a comment by flagging it. If three readers flag a comment, it is automatically removed by the system and put in moderation.
smh March 18, 2013 at 09:42 PM
No human on this earth is perfect. Both parties made mistakes. Mistakes that could have been prevented, but writing direspectful comments about both parties wont prove anything. Neither of them can't see what you're writing, only family and friends. Have some respect. Also i went to NAHS and i turned out just fine. I had wonderful teachers that taught me a lot. Norristown isn't the problem, norristowns education isnt the problem, ect. It's the people living in norristown that make the problems. Everyone for the most part was taught from right from wrong growing up. If you weren't, as you got older you learned from observing. At the end of the day everyone is their own person if you decide to go down the wrong path expect the consequences.
hi_life April 03, 2013 at 01:32 AM
"if u ain't bout thT life stop kno tears or luv lost over here" And you're about that life? And you "do kno he wad a smoker" ? You seem to be the one that is "talking that Shit" with a capital S. Speaking on heroin addicts like you have a pedestal to stand on. You're an addict yourself. Addicted to "thT life" as you put it, where there is "kno tears or luv lost." Drugs, guns and money. The life right? You claim that "everyone call me pistol Pete". Well why is that? Are you "packin" a pistol as your username displays? Identifying yourself with a weapon, and why? You're an addict to your sub-culture that glorifies a human being being shot and killed, according to you there is no tears shed or no love lost. You feel the need to use a pseudonym like "pistolpackin" to try and display how integrated you are into "The Life". Please. You got no respect for anyone out there "smoking that shit" but probably shake hands with the man who sold that addict his dope. Working hard everyday doesn't make you honorable or mean you are doing the right thing. You are a casualty of the money hungry, greed driven, violence consuming zeitgeist that is pervasive across all of America and the world. So I feel sorry for you, and what you represent. You'll go through life never really knowing how to "live". And as sad as it is, the victim now no longer has to live in a world that is inhabited with people like you and can be free and prosperous in a place we all will see one day.
hi_life April 03, 2013 at 01:35 AM
I'd rather have double the junkies and less pistol-packin' idiots
Ian Robinson March 19, 2014 at 05:24 PM
I use to be great friends with Andrew back in high school but lost touch he was a fun loving kid who took friendship and family seriously. I remember him, me and Andrew R. chilling behind Marshall St school making jokes doing what kids do. I will miss you friend and I am sorry we lost touch. R.I.P

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