Judge: NKY man threatened to blow up Planned Parenthood

Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 5:56 PM EDT
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INDEPENDENCE, Ky. (FOX19) - A man arrested over the weekend and accused of threatening to blow up a Cincinnati business was targeting Planned Parenthood, a Northern Kentucky judge revealed in court Monday morning.

Daniel Kibler was arrested on charges of possession of a destructive device or booby trap device, terroristic threatening and eight counts of wanton endangerment after they searched his home on Open Meadow Drive in Independence, Kentucky, records show.

FOX19 confirmed authorities received reports that Kibler threatened to “blow up” a business in Cincinnati.

“It was reported that Kibler made the statement that his intent was to throw something at a building to cause a fire," Assistant Prosecutor Drew Harris said.

A sergeant with Kenton County Police Department was notified about noon Sunday that Kibler made a threat to use a homemade destructive device on an organization in Cincinnati and “the destructive device was located within the subject’s residence," his jail paperwork shows.

His residence was searched with the assistance of a SWAT team. He was detained and read his rights, according to police.

“During a recorded interview, Kibler admitted to creating the destructive device/substance and storing it within the residence for up to two years where 7 children and his wife lived," they wrote in his Uniform Citation. “During the search, the device was found in an open top container.”

He was arrested about 4 p.m. and booked into the Kenton County Jail, where he was held overnight until a brief bond hearing Monday morning.

The judge issued a $100,000 cash bond and faces one to five years if convicted.

The case remains under investigation by the Kenton County Police Department who confirmed that the threat was made against Planned Parenthood Cincinnati.

Kersha Deibel, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, released the following statement:

“At Planned Parenthood, the safety of our staff and patients is our priority. We have the highest professional standards and our team works tirelessly to ensure women and families are always able to access affordable, high-quality health care in a safe, respectful environment. That’s what we’re focused on today – and every day.

All people deserve to be able to access health care without the fear of violence, harassment or intimidation. Hateful political anti-abortion rhetoric designed to shame and intimidate people, especially women, who seek basic health care services and information at Planned Parenthood continues to fuel these threats. This is unacceptable.

We are here for our patients today and we will continue to be here for our patients, no matter what. For the women, men and young people we serve, the care we provide isn’t about politics – it’s about their well-being, and we remain focused on ensuring our patients are able to access that care safely.”

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