Suspect in attempted murder cold case finally arrested

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Clayton Roinuse By Jennifer Thomas Clayton Roinuse By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX - Phoenix police made an arrest in a robbery and kidnapping cold case from 1999.

On Jan. 6, 1999, Phoenix police allege Clayton Roinuse, 38, entered a business near Camelback Road and Third Street then robbed and kidnapped an employee.

According to police, Roinuse took the victim, Michelle Bennett, to the East Valley where he sexually assaulted and shot her, leaving her for dead in the desert.

Bennett managed to crawl a great distance and locate an individual who happened to be hunting in the desert.

That person was able to call paramedics.

Bennett survived, but was partially paralyzed. The suspect was never caught after the investigation went cold.

On Monday, Roinuse was booked into jail after his DNA matched evidence retrieved at the scene.

Roinuse faces armed robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted homicide.

Roinuse is currently serving a life sentence for a killing a few years after Bennett's attack.

Bennett was 25 at the time of the attack and had an eight-month old son. Since the time of the attack, her husband died of cancer, her mother and grandmother died and she had to send her son to live with family out of state because of her paralysis.

Due to the high cost of travel and Bennett's financial situation she has not been able to see her son in two years. If you would like to help, please contact the Phoenix Police Department.