Clematis St. shooting suspect arrested 6 times for felonies in Palm Beach Co., 3 this year

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Tue, September 6th 2022, 10:50 AM EDT)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The suspect arrested under a car for Monday morning’s shooting on Clematis Street is no stranger to the law.

West Palm Beach police said Montrez Grinnon, 26, was a passenger in the car that got away from the shooting at about 1:30 a.m. between Olive and Narcissus avenues.

That driver crashed at an apartment complex in Deerfield Beach and Grinnon was caught while hiding underneath another car.

The driver escaped in a third vehicle.

Police had said they were holding Grinnon on unrelated charges. He’s now charged with possession of a weapon by a violent career criminal and resisting an officer without violence.

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CBS12 News found he’d been arrested six times for felonies in Palm Beach County, and Monday’s was his third in just the past year.

Montrez Grinnon was arrested on (from left) Feb. 18, April 6, and Sept. 5, 2022. (Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Grinnon was arrested in 2014, when he was 18, for obstruction of execution of a search warrant.

In 2015, the charges were corruption by threat and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His arrest in August, 2021, was for cocaine trafficking, child neglect, fleeing at high speed with wanton disregard, and a third offense of driving with a revoked or suspended license.

This past February, he was charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, fleeing or eluding police, and driving with a suspended license.

He spent 30 hours in jail before bonding out.

Then, in April, he was arrested for battery and domestic battery by strangulation but the state didn’t file charges. He did spend 15 days in jail.

The shooting victim on Monday was a 24-year-old man, shot multiple times. He was last reported to be in intensive care, but expected to survive and recover.

Police had said the shooting was not a random act, but did not describe any relationship between Grinnon and the victim.

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