Terrorism charges for man who feds say meant to harm Amtrak passengers

County Sheriff's Office shows Taylor Wilson a white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska. Unsealed federal documents show Wilson is charged with terrorism attacks and other violence against rai

County Sheriff's Office shows Taylor Wilson a white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska. Unsealed federal documents show Wilson is charged with terrorism attacks and other violence against rai

The FBI says an armed 26-year-old Missouri man who breached a secured area to stop an Amtrak train in southwest Nebraska in October has links to a white supremacist group and expressed an interest in "killing black people", according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. Czaplewski said the man had videos and PDFG files of white supremacist banner over a highway and other neo-Nazi posts and documents about how to murder people.

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.

As the FBI began investigating Wilson, they say they found that he had attended an August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Wilson, who has a Missouri concealed carry permit, had a fully loaded.38 caliber handgun in his waistband and a speed loader full of bullets in his front left pocket, according to the affidavit.

Wilson had connections to "alt-right Neo Nazi" groups and phone documents that had racist messages or contained instruction manuals investigators say "are often possessed and utilized by individuals and groups attempting or planning to commit criminal acts or acts of terrorism or violence".

The ATF determined two of the weapons possibly violated federal law, according to the affidavit.

Wilson is accused of pulling the emergency break on an Amtrak train in October in an attempt to derail
Wilson is accused of pulling the emergency break on an Amtrak train in October in an attempt to derail

The National Socialist Movement is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the US. The affidavit notes that Wilson is the chief suspect in a road rage incident on Interstate 70 in which a white man pointed a gun at a black female in another vehicle. Days later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and found 190 rounds of ammunition, 15 firearms, gunpowder, ammunition reloading supplies, a tactical body armor, a pressure plate and a "white supremacy documents and paperwork".

Wilson was arrested and charged with use of deadly weapon to commit a felony and felony criminal mischief. Wilson's father turned over 15 handguns and rifles to authorities.

He was also reportedly acting erratically, and he allegedly reached for his waistband several times.

Shortly after his arrest, his attorney requested a competency hearing, saying that Wilson "cannot appreciate ... the charges against him ... due to the fact that his mental health issues are now untreated".

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.

Fortunately, Wilson is now in federal custody. He was arrested December 23 after the complaint against him was filed in federal court in Nebraska.

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