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Woman arrested after bomb threat at Kitchener hospital

The main entrance at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.
The main entrance at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A woman was arrested after allegedly claiming she had a bomb at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener on Monday night, according to Waterloo Regional Police.

“On Monday evening, at approximately 6:30 p.m., we were called to Grand River Hospital in regards to someone claiming that they were in possession of the bomb in the hospital emergency department,” police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said.

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Police told Global News that the woman was allegedly demanding narcotics from the hospital.

“We did arrive on scene, conducted an investigation and as a result determined that there was no explosive device,” Greeno said.

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She says that after an investigation, a 57-year-old Kitchener woman was arrested. She is facing charges of uttering threats and attempted robbery.

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There was no explosive device found nor any injuries reported as a result of the incident.

The hospital says there were no evacuations in connection with the incident because of how quickly events unfolded.

“The hospital has plans and protocols in place to manage a number of emergency situations, including this one,” President and CEO Ron Gagnon said in statement. “Our priority in these incidents is to ensure that our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers are safe – and in this case, staff did exactly what they have been trained to do.

“The department was locked down, patients and visitors were moved to a safe area of the hospital and the individual was apprehended by police, safely.”