MSP capture attempted murder suspect after chase through two counties

A 33-year-old Interlochen man and 25-year-old Glen Arbor woman were arrested on Thursday night after leading police on a chase through Wexford and Manistee counties. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE COUNTY — Following a police chase through Wexford and Manistee counties, two suspects are in jail for home invasion first degree, armed robbery and attempted murder charges.

A 33-year-old Interlochen man and 25-year-old Glen Arbor woman were arrested on Thursday night and are awaiting arraignment after being lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at about 8 p.m. on Thursday to a home in the Village of Cedar (30 miles northwest of Traverse City) for an assault involving injuries.

Cedar Fire and Rescue also responded as more information came in that one or two victims had suffered stab wounds, according to a press release from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, deputies found three male residents of the home suffering from severe injuries. A 78-year-old man suffered head wounds and stab wounds. A 55-year-old man suffered several blows to the head with a metal object. A 56-year-old man suffered severe stab wounds to the chest and back. All three men were transported to Munson hospital for treatment, according to police.

Deputies learned that a 25-year-old woman, known to the family, entered the home uninvited with a 33-year-old male accomplice. The suspects forced a 77-year-old female into a bedroom to help them locate valuable items to steal, according to the press release. After this, the suspects assaulted the three other male residents by stabbing them with a knife and striking them with a metal flashlight.

The suspects fled the scene in a yellow 2004 Suzuki Vitara. A statewide broadcast was made and an off duty Wexford County detective observed the Suzuki westbound on M-115, according to a press release from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, troopers from the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post received information that two suspects involved in an attempted murder investigation by the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office were in the Mesick area, according to a press release from the MSP.

Troopers spotted the vehicle on 14 Road and M-115 in Wexford County where a stop was initiated. Troopers observed a male driver and female passenger in the vehicle.

Troopers made multiple commands for the man to shut off and exit the vehicle. The man ignored the troopers’ commands and fled the scene of the traffic stop in the vehicle, according to police.

The driver took the troopers on a 20-mile pursuit through Wexford and Manistee counties. The vehicle was pursued down multiple seasonal roads, turning onto a dead-end, two-track where the suspect vehicle turned around and struck the trooper’s vehicle in a head-on collision, according to the press release.

The suspect vehicle proceeded in reverse and troopers continued to pursue the vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued traveling eastbound on 13 Mile Road near Yates Road in Manistee County’s Marilla Township, where troopers executed a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver on the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway where it rolled over on its top.

According to police, the male suspect has an extensive criminal history, which includes weapons and drug offenses. The female suspect has convictions for retail fraud and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Michigan State Police Crime lab. The investigation into this incident continues.

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