• Mother of wanted man pleads with him to turn self in

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTONIA, N.C. - Gastonia police said they have charged a man after he pushed a woman out of a car and ran her over at the Quick Trip on Long Avenue, near the Gastonia Police Department.
    The woman, Sunshine Brown, was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Police said Jan Michael Dean Reinhardt, 29, fled the scene in a red and cream Chevy Blazer. Investigators tracked the driver 6 miles away to the Kirkland Road area at the Reinhardt’s family home.

    Police have charged Reinhardt with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill resulting in serious injury.

    Brown may have broken bones as the truck’s back tire reportedly rolled over her back, police said.
    Cramerton Elementary School and Carolina Assisted Living were placed on lockdown as they looked nearby.

    Chopper 9 was over the scene where police were searching a property with a K-9 unit for Reinhardt.
    Reinhardt’s mother said she was stunned when police showed up outside her home. She spoke to Channel 9, but asked not to show her face.
    “He’s got a temper, but he’s not going to hurt nobody,” she said.
    Reinhardt spent 10 months in prison for breaking-and-entering and possession of burglary tools. He and Brown have a 6-year-old child together.
    Reinhardt’s mother said Brown called him Friday morning to help her move into a new home. The child wasn’t with them during the alleged attack.
    “I feel sorry that, you know, she got hurt,” Reinhardt’s mother said.
    Reinhardt’s mother wants him to surrender to police.
    “Turn himself in and I love him,” she said.

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