ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A man wanting narcotics attempted to rob the St. Anthony's Medical Center hospice facility early Saturday morning, police said, leading to the center being placed on lockdown for almost six hours.
Police said around 6:30 a.m. Saturday a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun entered the hospice center demanding narcotics from a male nurse. The nurse walked the suspect towards the back of the center. The intruder then ran out of the building without narcotics, according to police.
Immediately following the attempted robbery, it was unknown if the suspect had left the building, which forced tactical units to do a thorough sweep. It was later determined the man left the building.
St. Anthony's Medical Center was on lockdown until authorities checked all buildings and lifted the lockdown around 12:15 p.m.
Police said they originally responded to the call as a hostage situation, but said later no one was taken hostage.
The hospice facility is located on the campus of St. Anthony’s Medical Center in South County, but is not directly connected to the hospital.
Police and hospital officials said they are unsure how the man was able to enter the secured building.