White supremacist charged with terror attack on Amtrak train

07 January, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • White supremacist charged with terror attack on Amtrak train

A Missouri man with white supremacist links faces terrorism charges after he tried to hijack an Amtrak train in Nebraska, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in court documents revealed Thursday.

Wilson entered a restricted area of the train as it neared Oxford, Nebraska, and triggered the emergency brake in what authorities say was an attempt to derail the train.

He forced the train headed from Sacramento to St. Louis to stop.

Investigators found multiple weapons, ammunition and other tactical instruments in Wilson's St. Charles home, including a fully automatic assault rifle and a gun that had been converted into a short-barrel rifle, both potentially violating federal gun laws.

After the crew members subdued Wilson, he told them "I'm the conductor, bitch", according to court documents.

The train was heading eastbound with about 175 people aboard, when the break was pulled and the train was halted early October 22 in Oxford, Nebraska, about 200 miles southwest of Omaha.

An assistant conductor felt the train stop just after 2 a.m. and went to search for the cause, according to the affidavit.

As Amtrak staff attempted to physically subdue Wilson, he kept reaching toward the area of his front waistband and repeatedly yelled "What are you going to do, shoot me?" the affidavit said.

Amtrak workers held Wilson on the ground outside the train until a deputy from Furnas County arrived.

As the deputy handcuffed Wilson, the deputy discovered a loaded speedloader and a loaded.38 caliber handgun in the waistband of Wilson's trousers, the TV station reports.

Passengers on the train also directed authorities to Wilson's backpack, which contained three more speedloaders, a box of ammunition, a hammer, a fixed blade knife, tin snips, scissors, a tape measure, and a respirator-style mask similar, court documents state. Wilson was also said to have images tied to white supremacy and how-to guides on killing people on his phone.

According to the affidavit, Wilson's firearms and electronic devices 'have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States'.

Wilson was arrested in October on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, trespassing and weapon charges. Some items were in a hidden compartment behind a refrigerator, according to the court documents.

While he's had a history of drug use and mental problems, Wilson was deemed competent and released on bail after being hit with criminal mischief and weapons possession charges, but in recently-unsealed court documents, it was said that Wilson was hit with the terrorism charges at a hearing on December 28 after a federal investigation was completed. Wilson, however, was deemed competent to proceed with a trial. He returned with his parents to their St. Charles home on Lightfoot Drive. The license plate of the man's vehicle tracked back to Wilson.

The report was placed in inactive status after police could not find the victim, the affidavit said.

A relative told investigators that Wilson had been "acting unusual".

It is believed that Wilson attended the deadly, far-right rally in Charlottesville in August.

They also found documents on how to kill people, while an informant told the FBI Wilson had joined a neo-Nazi group and had an interest in "killing black people", according to Czaplewski. Wilson also reportedly made statements to the family member that led him to believe that "his white supremacist group were the ones who put up some "Whites Only" signs in businesses".

Taylor M. Wilson of suburban St. Louis meant to hurt passengers, authorities said.

Wilson now is in federal custody.



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