Fugitive Captured, Deputy Breaks Finger During Arrest

Posted at 2:05 AM, Aug 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-09 02:05:34-04

Michael Joe ReynaWAVERLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A total of three people are now in custody after deputies in Van Buren County followed up on a wanted fugitive investigation.

The sheriff’s department was tipped off that fugitive Michael Reyna was staying at the Country Holiday Estates Mobile Home Community in Waverly Township.  When deputies arrived, they spoke to a woman who kept giving them contradictory information.  They spoke with other people in the area, who verified the wanted fugitive was inside the home.  The woman continued to deny those claims.

Deputies began drafting a search warrant and used a loudspeaker to order Reyna to exit the home.  After 45 minutes, one man did come out, but it was one of Reyna’s relatives.  Like the woman before him, this individual also gave police misleading information and became uncooperative.  Police learned he was also on parole for assault with a deadly weapon.

At this time, deputies obtained their search warrant and went inside.  The fugitive, Michael Reyna, was found hiding in a bedroom closet under a pile of clothes.  Police ordered him out, but Reyna resisted.  One deputy suffered a fractured finger as Reyna was taken into custody.

All three people involved in the incident were taken to the Van Buren County Jail.  Reyna faces several charges that stem from the original arrest warrants, including parole absconder, two child support warrants, and a new charge of resisting arrest causing injury to a police officer.

The 31-year-old woman will be arraigned on charges of obstruction and aiding a known felon.  The 21-year-old man will be arraigned on similar charges, as well as a count of parole violation.