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Backpack thief suspect to undergo mental evaluation

Posted: October 1, 2012 - 12:01am

A Juneau judge last week ordered a man accused of kicking a teenager and stealing his backpack to be evaluated for mental competency.

Public Defender Eric Hedland made the request for his client, Larry Alan Reiger, 55, on Thursday in Juneau District Court.

Hedland told Judge Thomas Nave during a hearing that Reiger has previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Nave granted the competency order, which was unopposed by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Polasky.

Reiger is facing multiple felony charges after he was arrested Sept. 20. Police say Reiger impersonated a police officer, kicked a 16-year-old boy at a bus stop and stole his backpack, which had a laptop in it.

When Reiger was found by police on a city bus, he resisted arrest and had to be subdued by Taser, police said.

Prosecutors say Reiger has about 37 prior convictions dating back to the late 1980s. He is being held in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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