Friends of Jailed LSU Student Turn to Facebook

By Florian Heinhold

May 5, 2007 2:03pm

ABCNews’ Kate Snow reports: Several blog postings in support of Richard Ryan Wargo, the LSU freshman who allegedly planned to attack Sen. Hillary Clinton, have appeared on-line. Wargo’s friends have also created a Facebook page in his defense.  Friends say in these postings that Wargo was just "joking around." 

"Ryan Wargo is brilliant. He is also ever sacractsic (sic)," writes one blogger. "When reading the quote of what he said, I can perfectly imagine the tone in voice and the position of his head. He was kidding. If this comment was overheard by someone who does not know Ryan, I understand it might now come across well. But he is a great person. One of the smartest, funniest, and coolest guys you will ever meet."

LSU Police arrested Wargo, 19 of Shreveport, late Thursday night after being tipped off by a classmate.

LSU Police Chief Ricky Adams says the classmate had two conversations with Wargo that were strange.  When the classmate heard that Senator Clinton would be in Baton Rouge this morning to address the National Conference of Black Mayors convention, he grew more concerned and called police.

In the first encounter, the classmate told police, Wargo asked if he’d be interested in committing arson.  In the second conversation, according to Adams, Wargo talked to the classmate about "burning down Clinton headquarters" and said he "wanted to do something that would gain national attention."  Adams says Wargo also asked his classmate: "Have you ever heard of a dead president?"

Police searched Wargo’s dorm room and car.  They have seized evidence including a laptop computer but no weapons and no ammunition.  "Some evidence corroborated what the classmate said," according to Chief Adams.  Adams added there is some evidence "in the form of writings" that pertains to Senator Clinton, but he did not say what kind of writings they were.

According to a spokesman for the US Secret Service, Darrin Blackford, the Secret Service has "been in constant contact" with Louisiana authorities.  "We are working with Baton Rouge and LSU Police officials," he tells ABC. 

Wargo is charged with one state count each of: terrorizing, communicating false information of planned arson, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The first two charges are related to Sen. Clinton.

Wargo is currently in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on $1 million bond.

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