Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Police arrest armed suspect near hospital


By Aleksandra Sidorova

The Plattsburgh City Police Department intercepted a potential shooter on Prospect Avenue, close to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Tuesday morning, Feb. 13.

PPD arrested Robert Thibodeau, 52, on one count of criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the second degree. 

New York State troopers, University Police and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department assisted in detaining Thibodeau.

City and state police searched Thibodeau’s vehicle and his residence to “seize additional firearms.” 

According to PPD’s press releases, its dispatch received a call reporting “a disgruntled former employee … believed to be in route to the hospital in possession of loaded firearms” from said employee’s “concerned relative.” Allegedly, Thibodeau had a loaded 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun and ammunition.

“This incident caused a significant disruption in our community and has understandably left many of us feeling shaken and concerned for our safety,” SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi wrote in a mass email to the campus the next day.

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