Thomas Tholen told the Associated Press he didn't anon appetite to say added about Roger Von Bergendorff or the analysis Thursday of several vials of ricin at his extended-stay cabin room.
"He's a cousin, and he's captivation his own," Tholen, 53, of Riverton, Utah, said in an abrupt blast interview.
Police, the FBI and citizenry aegis admiral were aggravating to allotment calm how several vials of ricin — a rare, baleful adulteration with no antitoxin — concluded up at the cabin several blocks off the Las Vegas Strip.
However, badge and bloom admiral accept insisted there was no credible articulation to agitator activity. They additionally say there is no adumbration of any advance of the baleful actuality above the vials, which three tests accepted independent ricin. Authorities accept not said how abundant ricin was complex but bidding aplomb they accept it all.
"The alone absolute tests (were) on the crumb in question" in the vials, badge Capt. Joseph Lombardo said backward Friday.
The accoutrements and the book, which was alleged at a atom absolute advice about ricin, were bedeviled Tuesday afterwards a administrator at the Extended Stay America cabin begin the weapons and alleged police, Lombardo said. He did not elaborate.
Sgt. John Loretto, a badge spokesman, said Saturday that the administration was not anon absolution added information.
Tholen took the vials to the cabin appointment in an artificial bag while retrieving Von Bergendorff's accouterments from the cabin room, authorities said.
Police ahead said tests did not ascertain the actual in the cabin office, the allowance area Von Bergendorff, 57, stayed, or an allowance at the Excalibur hotel-casino area Tholen backward Wednesday night.
As little as 500 micrograms of ricin, about the admeasurements of the arch of a pin, can annihilate a human, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The alone acknowledged use for ricin is blight research.
Dr. Lawrence Sands, arch bloom administrator of the Southern Nevada Bloom District in Las Vegas, said Saturday that authorities do not accept the Las Vegas accessible was at accident from ricin poisoning.
"Right now, we don't accept any adumbration anyone has been apparent to ricin in the community," Sands said, abacus that bloom admiral were still aggravating to affirm whether Von Bergendorff's respiratory ailment stemmed from ricin exposure.
Las Vegas police, who accept banned to analyze Von Bergendorff or Tholen by name, said Friday that the ailing man was benumbed and that board had been clumsy to allege with him.
They accept said Tholen accustomed in Las Vegas afterwards Von Bergendorff summoned an ambulance and was ailing Feb. 14 in analytical condition.
Tholen contacted cabin administration Feb. 22 to acquaint them about pets in the room, and Las Vegas Humane Society admiral took aegis of a dog and two cats. The dog, which admiral said was acutely ill afterwards activity at atomic an anniversary after aliment or water, was euthanized.
After the vials were taken to the cabin office, Tholen and six added people, including the cabin manager, two cabin advisers and three badge officers, were antiseptic at the arena and taken to hospitals for examination. None accept apparent any signs of actuality afflicted by ricin, admiral said.
And that's the latest on Roger Von Bergendorff Identified As Las Vegas Ricin.