By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
Published March 12, 2019 — 10:45 a.m. EST
Louisville, Ky. residents William Arand, 38, and Kristi Gesch, 41, were convicted on multiple felony assault charges stemming from a July 17, 2018 shooting that occurred in the 27500 block of Huron River Drive.
Both were charged after several weeks of trial on March 5 with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and several felony weapons charges.
During the early morning hours of July 17, Huron Township 911 received a call from a 41-year-old Riverview man who said he was just shot by a person as he was driving near the 27500 block of Huron River Drive.
After being shot, the victim and a passenger stopped the car and the passenger ran to a nearby house and called 911.
The man was then transported to a local hospital and was expected to recover at the time.
After a police investigation, Arand and Gesch were arrested Aug. 9 after they had fled to Kentucky following the shooting.
Both knew the victim and traveled to Michigan with the intent to murder him, police say.
“This was clearly a premeditated case where these two individuals travelled from out of state and to our community to commit murder. These two suspects travelled from Kentucky with a plan to murder our victim and fortunately, they did not succeed. Following the shooting, they both fled back to Kentucky. This was not random, and all of the people involved in this incident knew each other. I cannot say enough about the great work our Detective Bureau, led by Leo Girard, did to bring these suspects to justice,” Huron Public Safety Director Robbins said.
“Quality service is one of our core values and this type investigative effort is what we want our residents to expect from our department. It has become what we expect of ourselves.”
Robbins said Lt. Leo Girard, a veteran with the Huron Township Police Department, solved the case using complex cellular phone forensic techniques.
Girard participated in 2017 in a special training course called National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) Computer Evidence Recovery sponsored by the U.S. Secret Service, during which he was certified as a mobile device examiner.
A grant for the training was applied for by the police department and was federally funded at no cost to Huron Township, which includes the equipment used for these investigations, Robbins said.
“I want to thank Lieutenant Girard for his hard work and using his expertise and training from NCFI in holding these suspects accountable for their actions. It was important that this crime was solved, not only for the victims, but for our entire community’s feeling of safety and security,” Robbins said.
“This is the hands down the best investigative effort I have ever seen by an investigator. The investigation began in the middle of the night on a dark road and held no real investigative leads. Detective Lieutenant worked tirelessly for months to bring these suspects to justice. What is even more impressive is the way he used technology to track these suspects who fled out of state. Make no mistake, they did their best to cover their tracks. If not for his efforts, without doubt, we would have two violent offenders still walking amongst us.”
Arand and Gesch will face sentencing March 22 at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.
Here is the Huron Hub’s coverage of this shooting: