THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Police have been busier than usual in Thomasville.
On Tuesday, police arrested Rakeem Leverette, after a near 6-hour standoff. Police responded to a house on Reid Street in reference to a domestic call, but the situation quickly intensified and the Special Response Team was called in. Leverette barricaded himself in the home, but eventually surrendered after police launched pepper spray into the house. Police say Leverette is the same man who rode on the top of a car's trunk as the driver continued down a Charlotte interstate a few weeks ago.
Last week, Thomasville Police investigated their first homicide of the year after 31-year-old Artravis Ned Little was shot and killed on Smith Street.
Three days before the murder, a 90-year-old woman was attacked inside her house by an intruder. Police say the suspect beat the woman and stole money before running away.
Overall, crime rates are down in the city but Police Chief Jeffrey Insley says the crimes are becoming more violent.
The department is hosting a series of community meetings to talk about these recent crimes, including one on Wednesday at Unity United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m.
"Preventing crime is the Police Department's number one priority," said Chief Insley. "We will address crime prevention, current crime statistics, and safety tips."