Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reimer found in Oklahoma motel

Suspect waives extradition in Tuesday court appearance

Express Staff Writer

Attempted-murder suspect Deborah A. Reimer from a book-in photo at the Mayes County Jail in Oklahoma. Courtesy photo

Attempted-murder suspect Deborah A. Reimer was apprehended Monday morning in an Oklahoma motel after a local minister tipped off police to her whereabouts.

"We got a call from a pastor. I guess a congregation member confessed he knew where a fugitive was hiding," said Dustin Van Horn, communications officer with the police department in Pryor, Okla., a city of about 8,500 residents some 30 miles east of Tulsa.

Reimer was arrested in Pryor shortly before 10 a.m. Monday.

She waived extradition to Idaho in a court appearance in Pryor on Tuesday afternoon, said Tanya Bible, legal secretary for the Mayes County District Attorney's Office. Reimer remained incarcerated on a $1 million bond in the Mayes County Jail.

It was not clear when Blaine County authorities will have her brought back to Idaho.

Reimer was found in the company of her sister, who police say lives near Pryor and may face charges herself. The name of the sister was not available Tuesday. Van Horn said police did not detain the sister.

Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas said he is discussing with Mayes County authorities the potential for a "harboring a fugitive" charge against the sister.

Reimer was a fugitive for six days after she removed or disabled her ankle-monitoring bracelet in Twin Falls on Tuesday, Nov. 6. She was released from Blaine County custody on Oct. 3 after posting a $50,000 bond, which had been reduced from $500,000 in Blaine County 5th District Court the previous day. She was staying with a friend in Gooding prior to fleeing.

The Ketchum Police Department issued an all-points bulletin on Nov. 6 stating that Reimer "should be considered armed and dangerous."

Reimer, 54, has been charged in Blaine County with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly firing two shots at her former boyfriend Bob Dreyer at his home in southern Ketchum on July 18.

Van Horn said Reimer was located at the Holiday, which he described as a locally owned "pretty cheap hotel" in Pryor. He said Reimer was arrested without incident after her sister admitted to police that she was the suspect they were trying to find.

Thomas said he was "relieved" that Reimer was located.

"I am happy for our citizens and Bob Dreyer in particular to know that Reimer is incarcerated and no longer poses a community threat," Thomas said. "I look forward to getting Reimer back into our jurisdiction to face trial on her attempted-murder charge. I am confident that Reimer will remain behind bars pending her January 15, 2008, trial date and trust that justice can now be served."

Dreyer, who has discussed aspects of the case in the past, could not be reached for comment.

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