Meridian Police: Knife-wielding man breaks into home

Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 18:41:42-05

A transient faces a slew of charges after Meridian Police say he harassed customers at a convenience store, broke into a resident’s home, stole car keys, and ran from police -– all while wielding a knife.

About 11 a.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the Fast Eddy’s convenience store near Ustick Road and Venable Street for a call of a suspicious subject who was harassing customers and store employees.

While police were on their way, they received a call from a realtor who had spotted a suspicious man running in the area of West Sedgwick Street and North Vallin Avenue displaying a knife.  

The suspect matched the description of the man witnesses reported seeing at Fast Eddy’s. 

“At one point, the suspect entered an occupied home, in the 600 block of West Claire Court pushing past the resident and stealing car keys while brandishing a knife,” said meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea. 

“With the help of nearby homeowners, police located the suspect (still wielding a fixed blade knife) in the 700 block of West Sedgwick Street,” he stated.

The suspect was Tased by a Meridian Police officer and taken into custody. 

The suspect was identified as Lantz H. Reeves, 28, a transient.  “Reeves damaged private property by forcing entry through fenced yards while attempting to hide and flee from (our officers),” Basterrechea said.

Reeves how faces felony charges of burglary (two counts), aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, armed robbery, two felony warrants for possession of a controlled substance and one warrant for forgery. He faces misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing officers, possession of drug paraphernalia, malicious injury to property and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.