Man Charged with Attempted Murder, Home Invasion in Macomb Stabbing
A 27-year-old man was arraigned in 41-A District Court Thursday in connection with a Macomb Township home invasion and stabbing.
A 27-year-old Fraser man was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted murder and home invasion.
Joseph Reiner was arraigned by video in 41-A District Court by Judge Douglas Shepherd in connection with the Feb. 23 stabbing of a Macomb Township woman inside her home during a break-in.
The court entered a not-guilty plea on Reiner's behalf after he stood mute. He will be appointed a public defender for his preliminary examination on April 14.
If convicted of attempted murder, Reiner could face up to life in prison. Shepherd set a $1 million cash bond.
Reiner is also a suspect in two home invasions in Grosse Pointe Farms, which took place Feb. 24 and 25 and involved the theft of a 1999 Acura, which Reiner was driving at the time of his arrest.
Reiner’s three-day crime spree came to an end on Feb. 26 when he was arrested by the New York State police on the Tappan Zee Bridge in Orangetown, NY, after an almost 100-mile car chase that started in Roxbury, NJ.
Upon his arrest in New York, Reiner was charged 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 was then extradited back to Michigan to face charges.
During his arraignment, Reiner told Shepherd, "I am currently the property of the Michigan Department of Corrections."
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department said Reiner forced his way into the home of the 69-year-old woman’s house on the 49000 block of Fairchild in Macomb Township early in the morning on Feb. 23.
After attempting to rob the victim, Reiner allegedly stabbed the woman in the neck with two knives and then fled the scene, police said.
A neighbor of the victim reported that a relative had picked up someone matching Reiner’s description in the 22 Mile and Fairchild area and driven him to 15 Mile and Gratiot.
Reiner eventually ended up in Eastpointe, where he pawned the stolen items, police said.
The victim underwent surgery on Feb. 23 and is continuing to recover.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Reiner had previously spent four years in prison for home invasion.