Home Invasion, Stabbing Suspect Returned To Michigan

Man Accused Of Attacking Elderly Homeowner Held In Jackson Prison

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - The man accused of attacking an elderly Macomb County woman and then fleeing the state has been returned to Michigan.

According to Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham, Joseph Reiner is being held at the state prison in Jackson.


Police said Reiner broke into the home in Macomb Township in February, attacked the woman and left her for dead.

?The 69-year-old homeowner was assaulted and stabbed in the neck with two knives,? said Wickersham.

Reiner, a 27-year-old from Fraser, is scheduled to face several charges.

?Count one is home invasion, first degree,? said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. ?Count two is assault with intent to murder.?

Smith said this is not Reiner?s first brush with the law: ?He clearly has a history of home invasions.?

Reiner is charged with breaking into the home in the 49000 block of Fairchild. Police said after attacking the woman, Reiner made his way to a pawn shop in Eastpointe, where he reportedly pawned jewelry that was later traced back to the victim.

Wickersham said surveillance tape from a security camera shows Reiner leaving the pawn shop.

According to police, the day after the home invasion, Reiner broke into two homes in Grosse Pointe and also stole a car from Grosse Pointe Farms.

Police said Reiner drove the stolen car to New Jersey, where he led police on a 180-mile, high speed chase before being arrested.

Wickersham said he was troubled by the case, especially given the victim?s age.

?You look at the nature of this crime; elderly lady, defenseless, taking two knives and stabbing her in the neck,? Wickersham said. ?It?s disturbing.?

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