Arrest made in mercury incident at Albany hospital

ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany Police Department detectives arrested a retired pharmacist last night for the mercury incident that occurred at Albany Medical Center Hospital's cafeteria on March 2nd.

Detectives focused their attention on 59-year-old Martin Kimber after receiving a phone tip from a person who recognized him from a photo broadcasted on the news.

On March 2, Choices Café, a cafeteria located inside of the hospital, was closed after an employee found mercury in their food. Officials responded to the incident immediately and closed the cafeteria. It was reopened later that night.

Through a collaborative and joint investigation with the FBI, Town of Ulster Police Department, Albany Medical Center, New York State Police, and State Department of Health, the Albany police arrested Kimber around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the town of Ulster.

Detectives executed a search warrant of his residence and evidence linking him to the incident was located during their search.

Kimber was charged with Tampering with a Consumer Product 1st-degree. He was arraigned Friday morning in City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.

Albany Medical Center released the following statement regarding the arrest:

“While, of course, all people are innocent until proven guilty, the arrest today in connection with the placement of mercury in our cafeteria is a relief. It is unconscionable that someone may have attempted to harm people at the very place that our community relies upon when in need of healing.

Albany Medical Center will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of every patient, staff member, student, and visitor in the Albany Med community. As this case shows, we will work with authorities to ensure that any individual who attempts to inflict harm on our community will be found and brought to justice.

Albany Med lauds the work of the Albany Police Department, the NYS Police, the FBI and our own security department. We will work with authorities in regard to a $25,000 reward the Medical Center offered earlier this week for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.”

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