Arrest made in attempted Ferndale home break-in

Suspect scared off by gunfire from homeowner on Edgewood last week is also a parole absconder

Published On: Oct 23 2012 09:23:25 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2012 09:27:27 AM EDT
Jeffrey Paul Reiher
FERNDALE, Mich. -

The man accused of trying to break into a Ferndale home but who was scared off by gunfire from the homeowner has been arrested.

Dupree Smith told Local 4 that he heard someone trying to break into a bedroom window last Friday morning at his home on Edgewood and grabbed his gun.

Dupree Smith -- Ferndale homeowner shoots at intuder

--Dupree Smith

Smith, a retired armed forces veteran, said when he noticed the window had been shattered, he started firing at a man who was fleeing in a silver pickup truck.

At the time of the crime, Ferndale police said the pickup truck was reported stolen from the Oxbow company in Livonia and released a picture of the logo that was on the side of the truck.

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On Sunday, police got a tip that the pickup was at a gas station in Redford.

Redford police responded and made an arrest.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Jeffrey Paul Reiher, is a parole absconder.