White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism After Alleged Attempt To Derail Train

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A Missouri man with connections to white supremacists has been charged with terrorism after authorities said he brought a cross-country Amtrak train to a halt last fall in rural Nebraska.

According to the affidavit filed in court, Wilson's cousin told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he belongs to a neo-Nazi group and had talked about "killing black people" before the incident.

Authorities found an arsenal in a secret compartment behind his refrigerator, and white supremacy images and how-to guides to killing on his phone, the affidavit says.

The conductor, and others, subdued Wilson, then held him and waited for deputies from Furnas and Harlan counties to arrive in Oxford, 23 miles southwest of Holdrege, where the eastbound California Zephyr with about 175 people aboard stopped. The conductor said that Wilson first appeared to be lucid and then started "saying insane things about going to the moon".

Wilson was also carrying a business card for the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski said that Wilson, who has a concealed carry permit, boarded the train intending to carry out a terrorist attack and pulled the emergency brake "with intent to harm those aboard" on October 22, according to the affidavit.

Wilson was also found with a business card for the National Socialist Movement, according to the affidavit.

Wilson had earlier been charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and criminal mischief in Furnas County. He was found competent after a court-ordered psychiatric exam and released on $100,000 bond secured by $10,000 cash. A struggle broke out as train employees tried to subdue Wilson, who reached toward his waistband several times during the confrontation. Wilson was ordered held without bail during a December 28 detention hearing. His attorney had requested a competency hearing, claiming Wilson's "mental health issues are now untreated", the Omaha World-Herald reported. He was on his way back when the incident on the train occurred.

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

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.

The cousin told investigators that Wilson had been acting strangely since the summer and had "joined an "alt right" Neo-Nazi group that he had found researching white supremacy forums on-line", the affidavit said. Olney, who lived with Wilson for at least four months, also told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Wilson attended the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August with friends from the neo-Nazi group.

Taylor M. Wilson of suburban St. Louis meant to hurt passengers, authorities said. According to Olney, Wilson and his white supremacist group were also responsible for putting up "whites only" signs at businesses in an unknown location.

During their search, the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the well-hidden compartment behind the fridge, and uncovered a trove of weapons and related items, including: "a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 ammunition magazines with approximately 190 rounds of ammunition, one drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, 100 rounds of 9mm ammo, white supremacy documents and paperwork, several additional handgun and rifle magazines, gunpowder, ammunition reloading supplies, and a pressure plate", according to the affidavit reviewed by 1011 Now. "These things aren't supposed to happen here'".

"We are a small county", he said.

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