Something is badly off in the way this story about the deadly toxin ricin found in a Las Vegas hotel is changing. Reports keep insisting that this is not terrorism related. Except now there is a man who is hospitalized who is in a coma. This report says that the ricin was found in the man's room – not having been brought to the hotel desk.
LAS VEGAS – Police say a man is in critical condition after the deadly toxin ricin was found in his Las Vegas motel room.
Las Vegas police Lt. Lewis Roberts says the man has been in a coma since he was found in his room at the Extended Stay America Motel on Thursday.
He's one of seven people hospitalized after the ricin was discovered. Police have said most were examined as a precaution.
Roberts says police don't think foul play is involved, and the FBI says the case doesn't appear to be terrorism-related.
But authorities aren't sure why the man had a vial of powdered ricin in his room.
While an earlier story in a Las Vegas paper says ricin and castor beans were found – and that the ricin was brought to the front desk.
A toxic biological agent was found in a suite on Valley View Boulevard near Flamingo Road on Thursday afternoon, but Las Vegas police said they were not searching for a suspect and nobody was harmed by the substance.
Ricin, a substance used for cancer research that has "no other medical use," was discovered about 3 p.m. by a man who was cleaning out a suite at the Extended Stay America at 4270 S. Valley View Blvd., Joseph Lombardo, a Las Vegas police captain and Homeland Security Bureau chief, said at a news conference about 9:30 p.m.
The man, who told police the toxic agent did not belong to him, took the powdery substance to the manager's office, and the manager called police.
Lombardo did not elaborate on who the man was.
The man, along with three employees of the long-term stay hotel, were taken to a hospital as a precaution, although they had no signs of being affected by the substance, police said.
Police were not sure about the origin of the substance or why it was in the room. The ricin and castor beans, from which ricin is derived, were found in the suite, although Lombardo did not say how much of the substance was found.
I'm not sure what is happening here, but the story is changing awfully fast – and in a major way.