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Suspect in missing woman case pleaded guilty to child abuse in Grand Forks in 2012

Brooke Lynn Crews and William Henry Hoehn

One of the two suspects arrested in connection to the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman pleaded guilty to abusing his infant son in Grand Forks in 2011.

William Henry Hoehn, 32, was arrested by Fargo Police Thursday along with 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews in the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was last seen Aug. 19 at her apartment in north Fargo.

Hoehn and Crews were arrested after Fargo Police said they found a healthy 2-day-old baby inside the same apartment building where Hoehn, Crews and LaFontaine-Greywind all live.

The suspects are being held in Cass County Jail. Fargo Police say they have recommended charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping against the pair.

Crews was found inside the apartment with the infant, believed to be LaFontaine-Greywind’s, Thursday afternoon, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said Friday morning. Hoehn was arrested during a traffic stop, police said. LaFontaine-Greywind remains missing.

One of the suspects told detectives in an interview he or she had traveled to Grand Forks as part of an alibi, Fargo Police said Friday morning, which led Grand Forks Police to canvass an area in the 1800 block of Second Avenue North on Wednesday.

Grand Forks conviction

Hoehn once called Grand Forks home and was arrested in 2011 in a child abuse case. On Jan. 5, 2011, he brought his infant son to the Altru Hospital emergency room with a swollen skull, according to court documents. The baby had multiple skull fractures, doctors said. Authorities and doctors ruled out the possibility those injuries were caused by an accident or medical condition. Hoehn was charged with a Class B felony in the case. He was living in an apartment at 715 N. 42nd St. in Grand Forks at the time.

It appeared the child abuse case would go to trial, but Hoehn eventually pleaded guilty March 27, 2012, court records show. He was sentenced to one year in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center with 235 days suspended and was placed on two year’s probation. A no contact order between Hoehn and his son was lifted in June 2012.

In May 2016, the conviction was deemed a misdemeanor upon completion of his probation without further violations of criminal law. Later that month, he would be charged with misdemeanor domestic assault in Cass County. He ultimately pleaded guilty to that charge in August 2016, and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Hoehn was also cited for three traffic violations in Grand Forks from 2004 to 2006, according to court records.

In all of Hoehn’s court cases from Grand Forks, Fargo is listed as his home address.

A background check ran by Forum News Service found Hoehn lived at 2049 30th Ave. S. in Grand Forks from 2004-2007 and at  816 Fourth Ave. N. in 2008. Addresses in Larimore, N.D. were also found for Hoehn during that time.  

Crews does not have a criminal record in North Dakota. She was convicted of a petty misdemeanor for issuing a bad check in Otter Tail County in Minnesota in 2008, according to online court records.