Norristown, PA — Norristown Police and the Montgomery County District Attorney issued an arrest warrant for a Philadelphia man, charging him with first-degree murder.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Norristown Police Chief Mark E. Talbot Sr.  issued an arrest warrant Monday, February 11, 2019, for Henry Diaz-Ayala, 39, of Philadelphia.

Diaz is charged with first-degree murder and other related charges in the shooting death of Ralph Williams, 66, and the shooting of another male inside their home in the 500 block of Cherry Street in Norristown on Jan. 23. 

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Henry Diaz-Ayala

Diaz-Ayala is considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

"Henry Diaz-Ayala possesses a firearm and has used it to kill," said Steele. "We believe he knows he is being sought for this murder and is on the run, and therefore very dangerous. If anyone sees Diaz-Ayala, do not approach him. Call 911."

Diaz-Ayala is wanted for the murder of Williams and also for robbery in a Norristown home invasion on January 23, according to the district attorney. 

At 9: 17 p.m., on January 23, Norristown Police responded to 534 Cherry Street for a reported shooting, according to a Montgomery County officials. Arriving officers found Williams, who was dead from gunshots, and a second male suffering from a gunshot wound, said authorities. At the time both men were located on the second floor of the residence. Officers also noted a blood trail in the house, through the rear kitchen door and into Maple Alley, consistent with someone bleeding as they exited the residence, said Norristown police.

The Montgomery County Detective Bureau and Norristown Police launched a joint investigation. Detectives secured surveillance video from behind the Cherry Street residence. This video, according to police reports, showed a Chevrolet Impala with a missing driver's side hubcap driving on Maple Alley without headlights and parking behind 534 Cherry Street. Then three men exited the vehicle. The Chevrolet Impala left the scene minutes after a
A 911 call was made, according to police. 

Approximately 30 minutes later, Philadelphia Police were notified that a male, later identified as Diaz-Ayala, and suffering from stab wounds was being treated at Temple University Hospital.

Diaz-Ayala was released from the hospital and is now being sought by law enforcement. 

He is a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, approximately 170 pounds. He is recovering from stab wounds to his right chest, right arm and face.

According to authorities, the homicide investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this homicide should contact Norristown Police at 610-270-0977 or Montgomery County Detectives at 610-278-3368.  Anonymous tips can be texted using MontcoCrimeTips on the STOPit! app. The free STOPit! app can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhones or on Google Play for Androids, then enter the code: MONTCOPA. 

All text tips are completely confidential.


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