Suspects formally charged in violent Cedar home invasion

Justin Bembeneck (left) and Bailey Rosinki (right) were both charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of home invasion, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor assault charge in connection with the violent home invasion in Cedar on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy: Leelanau County Sheriff's Office)

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Two people have been formally charged in connection with a violent home invasion in Cedar.

On Monday, Bailey Rosinski, 25, and Justin Bembeneck, 33, were arraigned in Leelanau County on charges related to the crime.

Both Rosinski and Bembeneck were charged with two charges of homicide-attempted murder, one charge of home invasion first degree, one charge of assault with a dangerous weapon (hammer) and one misdemeanor of assault.

Bembeneck also received a habitual offender fourth offense charge.

On Friday, Leelanau County Sheriff's Deputies and Michigan State Police continued to investigate the crime at the home on South Kasson Street.

Investigators said an assault involving injuries happened Thursday just before 8 p.m.

According to the Leelanau County Sheriff, a 78-year-old man received head wounds and stab wounds, a 55-year-old man suffered several blows to the head with a metal object and a 56-year-old man suffered severe stab wounds to the chest and back.

All three of the men were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The sheriff said Rosinski and Bembeneck forced a 77-year-old woman into a bedroom to help them find valuable items in the home and then assaulted the men by stabbing them with a knife and hitting them with a metal flashlight.

Investigators said the pair then left the scene in a 2004 yellow Suzuki SUV.

After sending out a statewide broadcast, an off duty Wexford County detective saw the Suzuki traveling on M-115.

A short time later, MSP pulled the vehicle over on 14 Road and M-115 near Mesick.

According to troopers, multiple commands for Bembeneck to get out of the vehicle, which were ignored, were made before he and Rosinski left the scene in the vehicle.

Police said a 20-mile pursuit with the vehicle went through Wexford and Manistee Counties before the Bembeneck turned down a dead-end two-track and hit the police car.

After hitting the police car, Bebembeck continued down 13 Mile Road near Yates Road, where MSP executed a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver.

During this time, the vehicle ran off the roadway and rolled onto its roof.

According to court records, Bembeneck has an extensive criminal history, including weapons and drug offenses, as well as being a parole absconder as of January 9, 2019.

Records show Rosinski has past convictions for retail fraud and operating a vehicle intoxicated.

Both are being held on a $1 million bond and are expected to be back in court on January 24.

If convicted, they could face life in prison.

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