ALBANY, N.Y.- Police have an Ulster County man in custody for connection with the mercury spill at Albany Medical Center.
Albany Medical Center offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was involved with planting mercury in the hospital's cafeteria.
Surveillance video helped identify 59-year-old Martin Kimber, who police arrested and charged with tampering with a consumer product, for allegedly placing mercury in the Albany Medical Center cafeteria.
Police say Kimber's home is an hour away in Ulster County.
"I think it would shock just about anyone that someone would purposely do something like this to harm other people," says Marcial Reyes.
Reyes lives down the street from Kimber and says it's unsettling to think about.
"You get concerned, you have children, this is a family neighborhood," he says.
Albany police aren't sure why Kimber allegedly placed the balls of mercury in the cafeteria, and can only speculate about the motive.
"We think it's tied to him being a patient at Albany Medical Center, whether he had an issue with patient care, or an issue with billing, we're not really sure, that part of the investigation is still ongoing," says Officer Steve Smith of the Albany Police Department.
In a statement, Albany Medical Center says, "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."
Kimber was arraigned in court Friday morning and is in the Albany County Jail.
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