DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The man police say was at the center of a standoff in Thomasville Tuesday appeared in court today for his first appearance.
Rakeem Leverett, 22, of Lexington, is accused of multiple charges in Mecklenburg and Davidson counties involving the same woman during separate dramatic domestic incidents.
Officers issued warrants for Leverett in Charlotte and said he was the man caught on tape clinging to the back of a white car on Interstate 77 after punching through the vehicle’s window, following a domestic dispute.
The District Attorney said domestic problems with the same victim sparked a six-hour standoff Tuesday in Thomasville, where both Leverett and the woman apparently have family ties.
No one was injured and Leverett eventually surrendered with his hands up.
In court Wednesday afternoon, the judge read off a list of charges including assault by strangulation, resisting an officer and assault on a female.
FOX8 learned Leverett has a pending court date in September for resisting a public officer. The Clerk of Court’s office said he also has charges for not having an operator’s license and having a fictitious registration card or tag. They could not elaborate on the details of the incident and FOX8 is waiting to hear back from the Sheriff’s Office in Gaston County for more information.
In court Wednesday, Leverett spoke up to the judge. “I never even touched that girl,” he said.
The judge quickly reminded the defendant, “You have the right to remain silent. There are a whole bunch of folks in here who are writing down what you’re saying.”
Leverett’s secured bond was set at $250,000, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 4. The judge said Leverett faces a maximum of three to four years in prison.