Arrest in Albany Med mercury case

albany med mercury case martin kimber apd mug shotAlbany police say they've arrested the suspect in the Albany Med cafeteria mercury case -- and he's from Ulster County. They say Martin Kimber (right) is a 59-year-old retired (but still licensed) pharmacist from Ruby, New York.

The APD says it got a tip from someone who recognized Kimber's face from the security cam screengrabs shown on the news (the hospital posted a $25,000 reward for info directly leading to an arrest this week). It says detectives searched Kimber's residence in Ulster County and found "evidence linking him to the incident."

Still not clear: why someone would spread mercury around a hospital cafeteria. Or drive 50 miles to do it.

Full release after the jump.

APD: Arrest in Albany Med mercury case

Albany detectives arrested a 59 year old retired pharmacist last night for the mercury incident at Albany Medical Center Hospital's cafeteria on March 2nd.
Detective's focused their attention on Martin Kimber, of 8 Lena Lane Ruby, New York after receiving a phone tip from a person who recognized him from a photo broadcasted on the news.
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. yesterday afternoon in the Town of Ulster.
Detective's executed a search warrant of his residence and evidence linking him to the incident was located during their search.
He was charged with Tampering with a Consumer Product in the First Degree.
He was arraigned this morning in City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.

Comments

So the fact that he was charged with "tampering with a consumer product" instead of domestic terrorism makes me think it was unintentional? Like he accidently broke a thermometer and walked away instead of cleaning it up and alerting folks? Wild speculation here, since I am neither a cop, lawyer or chemist.

Hello creepy version of Richard Riehle!
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0726223/

More details coming out this morning- seems as though his actions were intentional. Yiiiikes.

Detective's focused their attention on Martin Kimber, of 8 Lena Lane Ruby, New York after receiving a phone tip from a person who recognized him from a photo broadcasted on the news.

I'd love to know what caused "detectives" to "focus their attention" on this individual. How many hundreds of people are filmed on that camera each day? The only video I ever saw showed this man looking into the camera - no footage was ever shown or referred to that would lead one to believe he had committed this act. We have not been led to believe that there is video evidence of him spreading mercury around - again, the only video is of his face looking directly into the camera. What "evidence" do they have?

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