St. Anthony's Hospice no longer on lockdown after attempted robbery

(KSDK) -- St. Anthony's Medical Center's De Greef Hospice House is no longer on lock down after what St. Louis County police describe as a foiled robbery by an armed gunman around 6:45 Saturday morning.

Police say an armed male entered the building wearing a ski mask and unsuccessfully demanded narcotics.

Police and tactical units searched the hospice facility as well as the surrounding area in case the gunman was able to exit the building for almost six hours. The hospital campus was reopened to the public around 12:30pm.

Officer Brian Schellman said St. Louis County Police have more officers patrolling the surrounding area to be on the lookout for the man.

According to police, at no time during Saturday's incident was anyone taken hostage or injured. Schellman told NewsChannel 5 he believes the intruder only wanted to rob the hospice center and not harm anyone.


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