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07 January 2018, 02:14 | Ken Black
FBI accuses white supremacist of terror attack on Amtrak train in rural Nebraska
Authorities say a 26-year-old neo-Nazi who not only was a part of the Charlottesville protestors but has reportedly spoken about "killing black people" is now facing terrorism charges after being arrested for pulling the emergency brake on an Amtrak train in October of 2017.
An assistant conductor told officers that he found Wilson "playing with the controls" in the engineer's seat.
Wilson was arrested and charged in Furnas County with felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.
The weapons found in the compartment behind a refrigerator included 11 AR-15 rifle ammunition magazines with 190 rounds of ammunition, one drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition, white supremacy paperwork and a handmade shield, which Czaplewski believes was taken to the Charlottesville rally.
A St. Charles, Missouri, resident, Wilson was a ticketed passenger on the California Zephyr, en route from California to Chicago via Omaha.
A search of Wilson's phone found a depiction of a white supremacist banner over a highway and PDF files of "The Anarchist Cookbook", and "The Poor Man's James Bond" and other works about violence. They also found a business card for the National Socialist Movement, which civil rights groups say is a neo-Nazi organization.
An informant told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Wilson has expressed an interest in "killing black people" and others besides whites, and they suspect Wilson was responsible for a road rage incident in April 2016 in St. Charles where a man pointed a gun at a black woman for no apparent reason while driving on Interstate 70, Czaplewski said.
Wilson was first arrested October 22 by the Furnas County, Neb., Sheriff's Office after he broke into a secured area on an Amtrak train and triggered the emergency brakes, bringing the train to a stop in a rural area about 200 miles southwest of Omaha.
In an affidavit, FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski said there was probable cause to believe that electronic devices and firearms possessed by Wilson "have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States". A struggle broke out as train employees tried to subdue Wilson, who reached toward his waistband several times during the confrontation.
The public defender who represented Wilson at a detention hearing did not respond to requests for comment, and Wilson's parents did not return a call.
Czaplewski said they also found 15 firearms, including a fully-automatic rifle, ammunition and firearms magazines, and a tactical body armor carrier with ceramic ballistic plates. When the Federal Bureau of Investigation spoke with Wilson's roommate, he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Wilson had a secret panel behind the refrigerator, NTV reports. The license plate of the man's vehicle tracked back to Wilson.
When a deputy who was patting Wilson down after his arrest asked him what the bulge in his pocket was, Wilson replied, "My dick". According to Olney, Wilson and his white supremacist group were also responsible for putting up "whites only" signs at businesses in an unknown location. Wilson regularly carried a "9 millimeter handgun or a.38 caliber revolver", according to Olney. The cousin said Wilson "has expressed an interest in "killing black people" and others besides whites, especially during the protests in St. Louis", the affidavit said.
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.
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