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Man arraigned for armed robbery of hospital

Posted at 12:25 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 07:59:10-04

Monday morning, Lockport native 24-year-old Adam Kibler was arraigned in Lockport City Court. 

Kibler is charged with robbery in the first degree. Police say Kibler robbed the Eastern Niagara Hospital emergency room Saturday morning at 4:47 a.m.

Judge Watson ordered he remain in Niagara County Jail on $250,000 bail. Bail could be reduced if Kibler's attorney and family present the court with a permanent drug treatment plan. 

Kibler's attorney Barry Covert wouldn't address his drug history directly. 

"He was allegedly going to the hospital to try and get some type of medication," said Covert. "Obviously that would be indicative of somebody who needs treatment and jail is not the solution in these types of cases."

A source close to the family told 7 Eyewitness News Kibler has been struggling with addiction for nearly 10 years. 

The same source said Kibler started seeing Dr. Eugene Gosy in high school. Kibler was being treated for a lockjaw condition and suffered from sever headaches. 

Gosy was giving Kibler injections and hydrocodone. Since seeing Gosy, Kibler has seen multiple doctors according to sources. 

When he robbed the hospital demanding drugs sources said he was going through withdrawal because a prescription he had ran out.

Covert said Kibler has no criminal history.

Police say Kibler entered the hospital demanding drugs armed with two rifles and a backpack which Kibler claimed to be carrying a bomb.

Police say the device in Kibler's backpack looked like a bomb and was wired to a cell phone. The bomb squad determined the device was not operable. 

According to Covert the guns Kibler used had red tips on them, a sign that they were fake. 

When police arrived at ENH Saturday morning Kibler was still inside robbing the hospital and took off running through the parking lot. At that point police fired shots at Kibler but he got away unharmed. 

Lockport Police, Niagara County Sheriffs, New York State Police, SWAT and Border Patrol assisted in the manhunt - on the ground and in the air - for more than four hours. 

Lockport Police issued a Shelter In Place order early Saturday morning for the area around ENH. 

No one was hurt and the hospital says no shots were fired at their facility. 

If convicted Kibler could spend more than 20 years in prison. He has a preliminary hearing set for June 6th.