A Fraser man sought in connection to the brutal Feb. 23 has been arrested by police in New York after an "extraordinarily long" chase.
New York State Police identified the man as 27-year-old Joseph T. Reiner, 27, of Fraser, Saturday night.
The man is also a suspect in , which took place Thursday and Friday, and the theft of a 1999 Acura, which Reiner was driving at the time of his arrest, New York Police said.
Reiner was arrested on the Tappan Zee Bridge in Orangetown, NY, early Saturday morning following a car chase that started with the Roxbury New Jersey Police Department and was continued by New Jersey and New York State troopers.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., the Roxbury New Jersey Police Department began pursuit of a 1999 Acura bearing a Michigan registration on Route 80, according to a release from New York State Police. The New Jersey State Police picked up the chase and followed the vehicle to the New York State line, where state troopers from Tarrytown eventually stopped the vehicle on the Tappan Zee Bridge.
New York police found Reiner was in violation of a Michigan parole warrant upon being taken into custody.
Reiner was charged in New York with criminal possession of stolen property, reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing police, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful possession of marijuana, various vehicle and traffic violations and being a fugitive from justice from the state of Michigan, according New York State police.
He will be held at the Rockland County Jail to await extradition proceedings from the parole division of the Michigan Department of Corrections. The Roxbury, NJ, Police Department and the New Jersey State Police will also be filing charges, New York police said.
The 1999 Acura Reiner was driving was reported stolen from a home in the 400 block of Bournemouth in Grosse Pointe Farms on Friday, according to Farms police.
"What we’re told (by New York police) is that when he was arrested, he was in the vehicle stolen out of Grosse Pointe Farms," said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. "For our purposes he is just a person of interest (in the Macomb case). We have been in contact with the Grosse Pointe Farms police and authorities in New York."
Following the arrest, officers discovered he also had stolen jewelry in the car, according to authorities. Farms Detective Rick Good said it is not yet clear from whom the jewelry was stolen or the value. New York detectives were to take pictures and e-mail them to Good so he could show them to the Farms victims in hopes of finding their owner.
Good said he had talked with New York officers early Saturday and they had yet to interview the Michigan man but they planned to share their information with Michigan authorities afterward. Good hadn't heard back from them as of 2:30 p.m. but said he expects he'll have more information at the latest by Monday.
Good plans to interview the Fraser man but said the time frame is dependent on the other jurisdictions. New York police asked for documentation of the stolen car report to pursue a possession of a stolen vehicle charge there and because of the seriousness of the Macomb Township case, theirs will likely be addressed first, Good said.
Wickersham said that with the information provided by the witness who drove the man out of the area of the stabbing, the Sheriff's Office is "confident that the individual that was in the area (of the stabbing) is the individual in custody in New York."
Wickersham added that detectives are still waiting to interview the stabbing victim, a 69-year-old Macomb Township woman who remains in the hospital.
The home invasion and stabbing occurred in the 49000 block of Fairchild at approximately 10 a.m. Feb. 23.
The suspect forcibly entered the home at Fairchild and 22 Mile, despite a deadbolt lock. According to the victim’s 911 call, he attempted to steal a purse and remove two rings from her hand. The victim was stabbed twice in the neck, but was conscious when deputies arrived at the scene.