Suspect charged for armed robbery of NY hospital for drugs

After putting an entire neighborhood on lockdown, police arrested a man for robbing a New York hospital at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

Local resident 24-year-old Adam Kibler was charged for first-degree robbery of Lockport, N.Y.-based Eastern Niagara Hospital, according to local news report from WGRZ. Mr. Kibler allegedly entered the hospital's emergency department at 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning demanding drugs, according to the report. He had two rifles and claimed to have a bomb.

Police arrived at the scene and fired two shots at Mr. Kibler as he fled, according to the report. He dropped his weapons and his backpack in his escape. A bomb squad later determined the device in the backpack was safe, according to the report.

Mr. Kibler was arrested and the lockdown of the hospital and surrounding neighborhood was lifted before noon Saturday, according to the report. Mr. Kibler will be arraigned Monday and is held on $500,000 bail, according to the report.

In a statement provided to WGRZ, the hospital said the actions of its ED staff were commendable. "ENH confirms the ED staff provided the man, who was armed, with a limited amount of drugs. There were no shots fired in the hospital facility. The hospital wishes to convey to the public that all patients and staff at the facility are safe," the statement read, according to the report.

 

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