(KMOV) – News 4 visited Mercy Hospital to see how tight security was after a man allegedly walked into the building carrying a bag full of weapons and drugs on Tuesday.
According to police, a man disguised himself in an attempt to visit his hospitalized girlfriend after hours.
Jerold Baybo, 39, allegedly walked into Mercy Hospital with a duffel bag containing a loaded pistol, a knife, and drugs.
Baybo was allegedly wearing a shirt that said “Police” on it at the time of the incident.
Authorities say a witness saw Baybo walking out of the hospital and called police.
News 4’s Lindsay Bramson discovered security was nowhere to be found on the premises when she visited Mercy Hospital on Tuesday.
Bramson walked through a majority of the hospital without ever being questioned. She spoke with hospital visitors who said officials need to do something so an incident like this doesn’t happen again.
“I haven’t seen any issues," said one visitor. "I know that security is not tough around here as far as anybody walking in and out of the place. But it concerns me that that was happening.”
Investigators with Creve Coeur believe Baybo was trying to deliver the drugs to his girlfriend, but why he had all the weapons and what his intentions were remain unclear.
He has since been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.
Despite both the prosecutors office and Creve Coeur Police confirming the incident, Mercy would neither confirm of deny the story to News 4.
A spokesperson with Mercy said safety was their No. 1 priority for patients and visitors.
They issued this statement to News 4 on Wednesday:
Mercy Hospital St. Louis strives to provide the safest and most secure environment possible for our patients, co-workers and visitors. Although we do not share details of our security methods, we provide full and appropriate coverage for a hospital of our size. We are proud of the safety and security record of Mercy Hospital St. Louis where more than 1 million people visit annually.