Man who rode on back of car on I-77 in custody after standoff in Thomasville

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- A man is in custody following a standoff that lasted more than three hours after he barricaded in a residence on Reid Street near Leonard Street in Thomasville.

untitled-1138Police have identified the man as Rakeem Nishan Leverett, the same man who was seen clinging to the back of a moving sedan on Interstate 77 on June 28 in Charlotte.

Leverett, 22, of Lexington, was charged with two counts of assault on a female, felonious restraint, injury to personal property, unauthorized use of conveyance and failure to appear for crimes in Charlotte.

Additional charges were filed by the Thomasville Police Department for assault by strangulation, misdemeanor larceny and resisting/delaying/ obstructing officers.

On Wednesday, he was charged by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office with attempted robbery with a firearm.

Police were able to talk Leverett out of the house at around 6:30 p.m.

The incident started as a domestic call. When officers arrived, the man barricaded himself inside. Thomasville police and SWAT responded to the area.

The other people inside the home made it out safely. They were not taken as hostages at any point.

Around 2 p.m., police began evacuating neighbors. Neighbors were asked to come up the street away from the house where the standoff was taking place.

Police said there were warrants for his arrest from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Leverett is at the Davidson County Jail under a $156,000 bond. His first court appearance is 2 p.m.Wednesday.

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