Neo-Nazi Faces Terrorism Charges After Attempting to Derail Amtrak Train

Neo-Nazi Faces Terrorism Charges After Attempting to Derail Amtrak Train

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Taylor Michael Wilson may also behind two alleged hate crimes in the St. Louis area.

The incident occurred overnight as the train traveled through Nebraska during the third weekend of October, according to law enforcement officials.

There were about 175 people aboard the train from California to Missouri when Wilson triggered the brakes, The Associated Press reported in October. Authorities believe he was headed home to Missouri.

Wilson was allegedly armed when he broke into a secure area of an Amtrak train at around 2am on October 22, 2017.

"We lunged forward in our seats and all the power went out", Garris told NTV at the time. 'We could smell something burning and I'm going to guess that was the brakes'.

Passengers sat in darkness for more than an hour, she said.

After the train came to an "expedited stop", Amtrak workers found Wilson "playing with the controls" while sitting in the engineer's seat of an engine, according to the affidavit. They also found a business card for the National Socialist Movement, which civil rights groups say is a neo-Nazi organization. The conductor said that Wilson first appeared to be lucid and then started "saying insane things about going to the moon".

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. A speedloader enables rapid reloading of bullets.

He said an acquaintance contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Wilson had been acting odd since June and had joined an "alt-right" neo-Nazi group that he found while researching white supremacy forums online.

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They restrained him for police, who found a loaded.38 caliber handgun in his waistband, an ammunition cartridge in his pocket and more ammunition, a knife, a hammer and a respirator mask in his backpack. He said Wilson joined an "alt-right" Neo-Nazi group.

On searching Wilson's cell phone, authorities discovered a video of a white supremacist banner being placed on a highway, a series of PDF files titled "100 Deadly Skills" related to killing people, as well as copies of the books The Anarchist Cookbook and The Ultimate Sniper.

Czaplewski, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, drew significance from the material.

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", according to the affidavit.

Olney told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that Wilson had traveled with a neo-Nazi alt-right group to the violent protests in Charlottesville in August and that he had taken a shield and a bulletproof vest.

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. 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. The car's license plate was traced to Wilson, who tried to turn himself in to police but would not say what he had done.

After the crew members subdued Wilson, he told them "I'm the conductor, bitch", according to court documents. In that compartment, they found a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 ammunition magazines with about 190 rounds, one drum-style ammunition magazine, 100 rounds of 9 mm ammo, "white supremacy documents and paperwork", and other items.

He was charged with "felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony", and after posting bail in early December, was released from jail.

Wilson has been ruled competent to stand trial.

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