Reports of vomiting and diarrhea after man sprays rat poison on vegetables in multiple Michigan stores

// May 7th, 2016 // News

Man believed to be Kyle Bessemer spraying poison on food in Michigan store

Kyle Bessemer was arrested after spraying poison on food in Michigan storeOver a dozen Michigan stores, including a Kroger and Whole Foods Market around Ann Arbor, Midland, Birch Run, and Saline, are believed to have suffered attacks by a man who sprayed a mixture of hand cleaner and rat poison in vegetable displays throughout the stores. Thus far the Washtenaw County Public Health Department says there have been no deaths but dozens of reports of vomiting and diarrhea are believed to be related to the attack.

The FBI knows for certain that three stores were affected in the past two weeks and believe that about 15 stores may have been attacked over the past two months. The suspect, 29-year-old Kyle Bessemer, was apprehended after a citizen spotted him spraying a liquid substance on a salad bar and notified the Ann Arbor Police Department.  Bessemer told police he committed the acts because he thought someone was trying to kill him.  Bessemer has been charged with four counts of poisoning food.  Samples of the substance have been sent for further laboratory analysis to determine concentration.

List of stores believed to have been impacted

The following stores are believed to have been attacked.  Shoppers are encouraged to throw away any food purchased from salad bars and read-to-eat food areas between mid-March and the end of April.



2240 S Main Street

Ann Arbor, MI


Cupcake Station

116 E Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI


Family Fare

2026 North Saginaw

Midland, MI



3838 Richfield Road

Flint, MI


Meijer, #108

7300 Eastman Ave

Midland, MI


Meijer, #64

3145 Ann Arbor-Saline

Ann Arbor, MI


Meijer, #213

9515 Birch Run Rd

Birch Run, MI


Millers Mini Mart

3001 Bay City Rd

Midland, MI


Plum Market

375 North Maple

Ann Arbor, MI



2000 Waters Road

Ann Arbor, MI


Tsai Grocery

3115 Oak Valley Drive

Ann Arbor, MI



910 Joe Mann Blvd

Midland, MI



7000 E Michigan Ave

Saline, MI


Whole Foods

990 W Eisenhower Pkwy

Ann Arbor, MI


Whole Foods

3135 Washtenaw Ave

Ann Arbor, MI


Sources: Chicago Tribune,, Michigan Live

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