Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ricin man wakes from coma

He's awake and co-operative.

The man at the center of a ricin investigation in Las Vegas has regained consciousness and "appears to be cooperative," an FBI spokesman said Friday.

Roger Von Bergendorff, 57, has been in critical condition at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center since Feb. 14, when he placed an emergency call from his suite at the Extended Stay America, 4270 S. Valley View Blvd.
We're confirming that Bergendorff's medical condition has improved, and he's been interviewed by the FBI in Las Vegas," Special Agent David Staretz said.

Staretz said the FBI would release no additional information, "due to it being a pending investigation."

Hospital spokeswoman Naomi Jones would say only that Bergendorff remained in critical condition Friday. She said the patient "has declined any media contact or interviews."