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Alleged White Supremacist Accused Of Terrorism For Trying To Derail Amtrak Train

07 January 2018

According to Lincoln, Nebraska's Journal-Star newspaper, newly-unsealed Federal Bureau of Investigation documents reveal that 26-year-old Taylor Michael Wilson, a man charged with attacking an Amtrak train and its employees in Nebraska while en route to St. Louis, was linked to a white supremacist group and had expressed an interest in "killing black people".

When the train came to a stop, Amtrak staff searched it and found Wilson sitting in the engineer's seat of the "follow engine", playing with the controls. The backpack contained three more loaded speedloaders, a box of.38 ammunition, a hammer, a fixed-blade knife, tin snips, scissors, a tape measure and a face mask similar to those used in construction.

Local authorities charged Wilson with criminal mischief and weapons possession.

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.

In his detention order, it was written that Wilson "had great potential and the inclination to cause great harm to persons on the train and perhaps others in a nearby community if the train had actually wrecked". The FBI believes he traveled with this group to the Charlottesville rally.

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's parents told investigators their son was using the Amtrak to return home from California so he could attend classes on October 23.

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.

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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.

Passengers sat in darkness for more than an hour after the train suddenly stopped, according to passenger Bobbie Garris.

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 said Wilson "has expressed an interest in "killing black people" and others besides whites, especially during the protests in St. Louis", the affidavit said.

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'. 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.

Wilson - who has a history of mental health problems and drug use, according to officials - was arrested in October in Nebraska after he allegedly barged into a secure area of an Amtrak train and employed the emergency brake, forcing the train to lurch to a stop.

The report was placed in inactive status after police could not find the victim, the affidavit said. He was carrying a loaded.38-caliber handgun in his waistband and a speed loader in his pocket. He also vandalized St. Louis restaurants with "Whites Only" signs last September.

Wilson now is in federal custody.

He was arrested December 23 and is now in federal custody.

Alleged White Supremacist Accused Of Terrorism For Trying To Derail Amtrak Train