Warrant: Glastonbury businessman Bruce Bemer attacked with two steak knives, stabbed eight times

Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant

Bruce J. Bemer, the Glastonbury businessman appealing a conviction in a sex trafficking case, told investigators that he was in his home office late Tuesday when he was attacked with two steak knives, an arrest warrant released Thursday shows.

Police did not name Bemer as the victim in the stabbing, citing a state domestic violence law, but his attorney, Anthony Spinella, confirmed it was his client and that the suspect was his boyfriend.

Authorities charged Jason McCormick, 47, with attempted murder, first-degree assault on an elderly person and second-degree threatening after they found him with self-inflicted knife wounds in the basement of Bemer’s home at 215 Sherwood Drive, arrest records show.

Bemer told investigators that he and McCormick were home together that night and had not been fighting or arguing before he was attacked, the warrant reads.

Bemer said that McCormick walked into the office and started “swinging his arms back and forth with the knives in his hands while coming at me like a wild man,” the warrant reads.

Bemer then told investigators he put his legs up to protect himself and was able to get out of the office, but believes he may have been stabbed in the back while trying to get out of the room.

He did not know he was bleeding until he reached the garage, Bemer told investigators. The first officers to respond to the home after Bemer called 911 about 11:30 p.m. found him in the garage.

Bemer said he believed McCormick may have been drunk at the time because he was walking around the house talking to himself, according to the warrant.

Bemer and McCormick were transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment and have since been released.

According to police, Bemer suffered two stab wounds to the back, five to the leg and one to the chest, along with a 3-inch laceration to his shoulder and a broken femur.

Bemer, the owner of the Waterford Speedbowl, was convicted last year of patronizing young men as part of an investigation into a sex trafficking ring. He has been free on $750,000 bail while his attorneys appeal the verdict.

Bemer was accused of hiring the young men who had been victims of the sex trafficking ring. The ring operated for decades, preying upon vulnerable men who suffered from mental health and addiction problems, according to prosecutors.

His attorneys argued the appeal before the state Supreme Court this fall, but the justice have yet to render a decision. They contend that there was no evidence provided during the trial that Bemer knew these young men had been victims of sex trafficking.

Bemer submits to GPS monitoring and is required to remain at the Sherwood Drive home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as conditions for his release.

McCormick, described as a live-in partner who has known Bemer for two decades, testified on his behalf during Bemer’s sentencing last year.

McCormick, who faced a judge Thursday in Superior Court in Rockville, has previous convictions for drug and weapons charges.

Nicholas Rondinone can be reached at nrondinone@courant.com.