Griffin T. Campbell, the demolition contractor responsible for the chaos in Center City Wednesday morning once owned a house at 1339 West Pike Street in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.
The crime problems at this house got so bad at one point that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Public Nuisance Task Force got involved to seize the property in October 2011. In the Lis Pendens document filed by the DA’s office (here), the District Attorney said the Pike Street property was the site of drug activity. The seizure was worked out in a plea agreement between Campbell and the District Attorney’s office.
That begs the question: why was Griffin Campbell in the demolition business? To set himself straight? Did he accept a job he knew his company couldn’t handle? Loads more questions are sure to be bubbling over what exactly what going on when the collapse occurred.
Turning to Mr. Campbell’s prior criminal history, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (promo code R71v) Campbell was guilty of insurance fraud for faking an auto accident injury. Also involved in the scam was Philadelphia police officer Deshane Riggins who was completing fake police accident reports to support the widespread scam that also implicated others.