CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge has denied a request to lower the bond for a man accused of shooting at police after a South Charleston robbery.
Tyquan Antonio Livermon, 20, of South Charleston was in court Tuesday with that motion before Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman. Livermon was arrested Aug. 10 after a 36-hour police search.
Authorities believe Livermon, armed with an assault rifle, robbed a resident at Southmoor Hills Apartments a few days earlier and fired at officers who responded. That incident took place not far from South Charleston High School.
Livermon's court-appointed defense attorney John Sullivan said a witness described someone who didn't resemble Livermon. He asked that his $50,000 cash bond be reduced to a $25,000 property bond with a 10 percent cash option.
Sullivan said, "The victim testified that the robber was 5'7" with long braids, or dreadlocks. My client is 6'1" with short hair. So there's a question as to whether he can even match up."
Assistant Prosecutor Adam Campbell, however, said the state's case against Livermon is strong. There are at least four witnesses who identify him, he said.
"He broke into a home with an assault rife. There were two occupants inside, and he shot through a wall," Campbell told the judge. "One bullet entered a neighbor's residence."
Campbell said Livermon opened fire on the first officers who responded, and also shot at additional officers who were called in. He was hunted with helicopters and K-9s, and finally found at a Southmoor apartment.
"I believe if the defendant is released he represents an immediate threat not only to the public but to police officers," he said.
Livermon has a criminal conviction for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in Putnam County. Campbell said the deputy who made a traffic stop thought Liverman was reaching for a gun.
"The state intends to indict fairly quickly," Campbell said. "And they can take up the bond issue at that time. Until then, the state objects."
The judge denied a lower the bond, citing the concern for public safety.
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