Four Suspects in Cadillac-area Home Invasion Identified; One Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

On Saturday, March 16 two men and two women allegedly attempted to rob a 55-year-old man in his Cedar Creek Township home in Wexford County. During the attempted robbery, three people assaulted the man, one with a gun. He was shot in the leg by one of the suspects, who now faces a charge of attempted murder among other charges.

The victim’s name has not been released in news reports, however he was able to escape and reportedly ran to a neighbor’s home. The man apparently struggled with the suspect who had the pistol; he was taken by emergency crews who were summoned to the scene to Munson Medical Center, where he was admitted. The victim, who said he was “familiar” with his assailants, gave police information which led to their arrest.

The four individuals arrested include Robert Smith, Derek White, and Sara and Kari Ostrander. Smith has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to rob while armed, felonious use of a firearm, armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The other three suspects are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree home invasion, and accessory after the fact. A news report at Mlive.com states that all of the suspects live in the Manton area. No motive was given regarding why the victim was allegedly attacked.

Michigan attempted murder attorneys understand that this offense, also referred to as assault with intent to murder, carries severe penalties for those convicted. Michigan Penal Code 750.83 states that individuals convicted of this felony criminal offense may spend any number of years to life in prison. Armed robbery charges are very serious as well; penalties for this offense can leave someone who is convicted facing life in prison as well, depending on the circumstances.


Individuals who have been arrested for attempted murder, robbery, home invasion or any serious or violent crime must contact a talented Michigan criminal defense lawyer at once. Without a skilled attorney, your future and freedom are at risk.