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College student charged with threatening Hillary Clinton

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/04/clinton.threat.ap/index.html College student charged with threatening Hillary Clinton POSTED: 10:12 p.m. EDT, May 4, 2007
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2007
      http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/04/clinton.threat.ap/index.html

      College student charged with threatening Hillary
      Clinton
      POSTED: 10:12 p.m. EDT, May 4, 2007
      Story Highlights
      • Man accused of planning attack against Democratic
      presidential candidate
      • 19-year-old Louisiana State University student being
      held on $1 million bail
      • Clinton scheduled to be in Baton Rouge on Saturday
      to speak at conference
      • Police say student's room searched; documents found;
      computer, drugs seized

      BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) -- A 19-year-old Louisiana
      State University student was being held Friday on $1
      million bail, accused of planning an attack against
      Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

      State District Judge Mike Erwin set bail after Richard
      Ryan Wargo of Shreveport, Louisiana, was booked on
      charges of terrorizing, communicating false
      information of planned arson and possession of
      marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

      Clinton, a New York senator, is scheduled to be in
      Baton Rouge on Saturday to speak at the National
      Conference of Black Mayors. Police said it was unclear
      whether Wargo was planning to carry out the alleged
      attack at that time.

      Wargo is listed on LSU's web site as a physics major.

      LSU Police Chief Ricky Adams said Wargo asked another
      student if he wanted to join him in committing arson,
      a "terrorist act" that he described as a "national
      event."

      "He allegedly went on to say it was political and it
      involved Hillary Clinton," Adams said.

      The classmate later learned Clinton had scheduled a
      Baton Rouge appearance. Police said the student
      reported Wargo to the university after a second
      conversation, in which Wargo allegedly made a second
      remark indicating he planned violence against Clinton.

      That remark "was something along the lines of, 'Have
      you ever heard of a dead president?' " Adams said.
      "That's language that should be of concern to anyone.
      Thank goodness the classmate reported it."

      Police arrested Wargo in a traffic stop Thursday
      night. "He cooperated and did not resist," Adams said.

      Officers searched Wargo's dormitory room and found
      documents that made the classmate's accusations appear
      credible, Adams said. He declined to give details, but
      he said officers also seized Wargo's computer and
      marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

      A call to Wargo's family's home in Shreveport was not
      immediately returned.

      U.S. Attorney David Dugas said the Secret Service is
      also investigating.

      "If they believe a federal crime has been committed,
      they'll refer it to our office and we'll consider it,"
      Dugas said.

      On Thursday, the Secret Service said it placed
      Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, a U.S.
      senator from Illinois, under its protection. A law
      enforcement source said the government was not aware
      of any specific, credible threat against Obama. But
      Obama's office has received hate mail, calls and other
      "threatening materials" during his campaign, the
      source said.
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