WEST CHESTER — A Honey Brook man with a history of violent crime and a reputed membership in an East Coast street gang lost his bid on Monday to reduce his $1 million bail on an attempted murder charge, in which he hoped to be able to visit with his children on weekends.

Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Carmody refused to lower the bail for Michael Joseph Limoges Jr. after hearing from the prosecution and bail authorities who said his string of crimes extended beyond those he is currently incarcerated for in Chester County Prison. In addition to the attempted murder charges, said Assistant District Attorney John McCaul, Limoges faces unrelated home invasion robbery and stolen gun charges in Honey Brook.

“He is obviously a danger to the community,” said McCaul, arguing against Limoges’ attempt to get his $1 million bail cut in half.

According to Limoges’ attorney, Phillip Simon of the Ciccarelli Law Offices in West Chester, his client had no intention of getting a bail amount that would allow him to win his release from the prison before his case comes to trial. Rather, he said the size of the bail meant he was being held in the maximum- security wing of the Pocopson facility, which prohibits him from receiving visitors from his family.

Simon said that Limoges, who has been incarcerated on other charges at the prison since December 2018, had been unable to meet with his children at the prison. He said Limoges hoped he could do so if his bail was set at $500,000. Simon noted that in addition to being unable, realistically, to post that amount in cash, he is also being held on state prison detainers.

In 2012, Limoges — then high school age — was sentenced to five to 10 years on armed robbery charges stemming from a hold-up outside a Honey Brook bar and restaurant he committed with three acquaintances.

Carmody agreed that the nature and number of the charges that Limoges is facing should keep the bail at its current level. “This is a very serious case,” he said in denying Simon’s motion.

Limoges, who appeared in court with his hair in a bun on top of his head and his face dotted with tattoos, said little before being returned to prison to await trial on the attempted murder and companion cases.

McCaul had also suggested — over Simon’s objection — that Limoges is a member of the United Blood Nation street gang, an offshoot of the West Coast-based Bloods Gang, and had been in contact with other members of the gang in Pennsylvania and New York while he was in custody. Carmody, however, did not indicate that the connection had any bearing on his decision to maintain the current bail. 

According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper John Pisker and Corporal Wesley Foster of the state police at Embreeville, Limoges, also known as “Dot,” had fired two shots at a Downingtown drug dealer, hitting him in the head and leg, during a botched robbery.

According to the complaint, Limoges and two other men met the dealer, identified as 34-year-old Jeremy Yarnall, in the parking lot of the Walmart in West Sadsbury on Dec. 3, 2017. Yarnall had come to meet the three men to sell them about two grams of heroin. While he was seated in a rear passenger seat, Limoges allegedly pulled out a loaded .22 caliber revolver with a wood handle and demanded that Yarnall “give him everything.”

When Yarnall refused and began attempting to get out of the car, Limoges fired the two shots. Yarnall, however, survived and was able to get out of the car as the trio drove away.

Limoges, 26, was arrested a year later and charged with weapons offenses after he was allegedly found in possession of a semi-automatic handgun — which, because of his prior robbery conviction he is prohibited from having. While in prison, he made numerous attempts to convince his girlfriend, the mother of his children, to help dispose of a gun that was involved in the 2017 shooting.

He was charged last month. In addition to the attempted murder and robbery charges, he also faces counts of obstruction of the administration of law and intimidation of witnesses.

To contact staff writer Michael P. Rellahan call 610-696-1544.  

To contact Staff Writer Michael P. Rellahan call 610-696-1544.

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