White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism After Alleged Attempt To Derail Train

FBI charges white supremacist with terrorism on Amtrak train

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.

Wilson was arrested in October on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, trespassing and weapon charges.

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.

Wilson's train had been traveling from Sacramento, Calif., to St. Louis, Mo., with almost 200 passengers on board.

He said Wilson had joined an "alt-right" neo-Nazi group that he found researching white supremacy forums online and traveled with members of the group to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and took a shield and bullet proof vest with him.

A St. Charles man who was accused of forcibly stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska in October stockpiled weapons in his home and had joined an "alt-right Neo Nazi" group, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Taylor M. Wilson of St. Charles, Missouri, had previously traveled with members of a neo-Nazi group to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and expressed an interest in "killing black people", according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

He was subdued by Amtrak workers and arrested while approximately 175 passengers sat in the dark after the train stopped at 2 a.m. Some items were in a hidden compartment behind a refrigerator, according to the court documents.

Czaplewski also said he believed Wilson's firearms "have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States".

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.

A relative who had moved in with Wilson in a St. Charles home on Reservoir Avenue last June told investigators that Wilson had been "acting odd".

They also said he had "several" legally purchased firearms, but eventually turned over 15 weapons, including an illegal fully automatic rifle and another illegally converted rifle, court documents say. 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.

In April 2016, a black woman reported a man in a green SUV pointed a handgun at her for no apparent reason while she was driving on eastbound Interstate 70. The license plate of the man's vehicle tracked back to Wilson.

The FBI was brought into the investigation early on and the terrorism complaint was filed in December. Police drove to the train from Oxford and placed him under arrest. Wilson regularly carried a "9 millimeter handgun or a.38 caliber revolver", according to Olney.

The incident unfolded October 23 when Wilson allegedly breached a secure area of an Amtrak train as it was passing through a rural area near Oxford, Nebraska, and applied the emergency break, bringing the train to a rapid halt in what authorities said was an attempt to derail and wreck the train.

Taylor M. Wilson of suburban St. Louis meant to hurt passengers, authorities said. He also vandalized St. Louis restaurants with "Whites Only" signs last September.

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