Readers want more

Story about Redfern trespasser too vague; here's an update
Alex Green
Aug 21, 2014

green@oc-register.com

Online users asked for more information about a story in Wednesday's edition of the Register regarding the Alexander Reitzel trespassing case.

The story was brief to avoid redundancy from previous articles published by the Register.

Ottawa County assistant Prosecutor Joe Gerber withdrew a motion to revoke Reitzel's diversion on Monday. Reitzel signed an Alford plea — which does not admit his guilt — in July to attempted burglary for a December 2013 incident in which he was found on State Rep. Chris Redfern's, D- Catawba, property.

The $845,000 home was for sale at the time, and attorney Tom DeBacco has repeatedly said Reitzel and his family were interested in buying the home with the means to buy it.

The deal ensured Reitzel will not serve any prison time and he will likely remain void of any criminal record. The charges will likely be dismissed after one year of diversion, DeBacco said recently.

Diversion is a judicial process similar to probation, that sometimes requires the offender to perform community service hours or avoiding certain people.

About two weeks passed in which the defense thought the case was all but over, but Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan filed a motion to revoke Reitzel's diversion after Reitzel encountered Redfern on two separate occasions in late July.

A previous Register article reported Reitzel and Redfern encountered one another once at the Catawba Island Club and again at the Crew's Nest in Put-in-Bay.

DeBacco said the encounters were coincidental. At one point, Reitzel passed Redfern on his bicycle and kept on going, DeBacco said.

"(Reitzel) didn't even know it was Redfern," DeBacco said.

But the motion to revoke Reitzel's diversion was withdrawn Monday. A new term was added to his diversion, however: stay 500 feet away from Redfern.

One online user suggested Wednesday's story was leaked by Redfern, which is not accurate.

Redfern has been explicitly critical of the Register's reporting of this case.

Comments

DickTracey

Thanks, Alex!

Now if you get your hands on one of the alleged letters that Redferns wife is sending out and print that for us, we'll all send you donuts!

Babo

LOL, just as I suspected. Redfern ever the elitist is trying to hang with the wealthy people at private clubs such as Crews Nest and CIC where Reitzel's family are members. He had to sell his big house and downsized to keep his residence on Catawba but he appears jealous and trying to keep up with the his former neighbors. Redfern must secretly want to be a Republican!

Digger-Nick

Don't think he can afford to be a Republican. Most of them are self made and did not live off of the government dole their entire life.

meg a

I really don't think Reitzel ever did want to be near Redfern. As you stated, when he went by on his bike, he kept going. I've never read where Reitzel ever attempted to confront Redfern--in any way or at any place. Why doesn't Redfern leave him alone?

DickTracey

Exactly, normal people can't get a protection order on someone that just happens to be at the same place and same time. There needs to be threats made or altercations, or physical harm. Normal people who DO get a protection order, can't even have it enforced if there has been a sighting, with no words, or threats made.

However Redfern is above the law in Ottawa County, he is not treated like us normal folk. He has Mulligan on puppet strings and he gets what he wants.

KnuckleDragger

Sounds like the Reitzel family should sue Redfern for the harassment. For crying out loud, they live in a small town. I would say it is probably near impossible not to run into somebody occasionally unless you never leave your home. It almost appears that Redfern is purposely frequenting places that the Reitzel's are members in hopes they will throw this kid in the slammer.

meg a

it does appear that way

amusedNdanbury

Gossip or truth?
Redfern and his wife reside in separate homes in different cities, neither of which is near Lake Erie?