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FBI: Suspect arrested after admitting to spraying rat poison mixture at Ann Arbor grocery stores

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — An individual suspected of spraying a potentially hazardous material on foods at several Ann Arbor grocery stores was arrested, according to the FBI.

Sunday, the FBI said they were looking for information on a person they suspected of spraying an unknown liquid on food at the Whole Foods grocery store. Tips from the public directly led to the arrest of a person authorities say admitted to spraying a mixture of hand cleaner, water, and Tomcat rat poison on food at the following grocery stores:

  • Whole Foods Market — 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway
  • Meijer — 3145 Ann Arbor – Saline Road
  • Plum Market — 375 North Maple Road

The suspect went on to admit to investigators that he visited several other grocery stores in the Ann Arbor area in the last few months.  The FBI says there’s potential that additional stores – mostly contained to Ann Arbor – were also targeted by the suspect:

  • Busch’s — 2240 S Main Street, Ann Arbor
  • Cupcake Station — 116 E Liberty, Ann Arbor
  • Family Fare — 2026 North Saginaw, Midland
  • Kroger — 3838 Richfield Road, Flint
  • Meijer — 7300 Eastman Ave, Midland
  • Meijer — 9515 Birch Run Rd, Birch Run
  • Millers Mini Mart — 3001 Bay City Rd, Midland
  • Target — 2000 Waters Road, Ann Arbor
  • Tsai Grocery — 3115 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Walmart — 910 Joe Mann Blvd, Midland
  • Walmart — 7000 E Michigan Ave, Saline
  • Whole Foods — 3135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor

As of Wednesday afternoon, food inspectors say they visited all 15 affected stores and found no evidence of further issues.

The investigation is being coordinated with the State of Michigan and Washtenaw County Health Officials to determine the extent of any contamination and the threat to the public.


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