A 29-year-old Ann Arbor resident was charged today with 4 felony counts of poisoning food or drink in a criminal complaint brought by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, announced Ann Arbor Police Chief Jim Baird. Baird was joined in the announcement by David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Detroit Division.
According to the complaint, Kyle Andrew Bessemer repeatedly visited local Ann Arbor area grocery stores, where he intentionally contaminated food in open food bars and produce sections by spraying the items with a mixture of hand sanitizer, mouse poison and water.
Bessemer faces two counts of poisoning food/drink/medicine/water supply. Each of those counts are felonies, punishable by up to 15 years. He also faces two counts of poisoning food/drink/medicine/water supply, causing property damage. Each of those counts are felonies, punishable by up to 20 years.
Bessemer allegedly contaminated food at the Ann Arbor-Saline Meijer, Whole Foods on Eisenhower Parkway, and Plum Market on Maple Road.
This case is still being investigated. Additional charges are possible. Police are investigating his actions at other stores he visited in the Ann Arbor and Midland areas, including the WalMart in Saline.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that it does not anticipate adverse health effects on individuals who ingested potentially contaminated products.
Still, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development encouraged people to be cautious and dispose of food purchased recently from sald bars, olive bars and read-to-eat hot and cold food areas at these stores.