White supremacist faces terror charge after train stopped

Wilson who is believed to have attended the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville in August had reportedly joined a neo Nazi group and had an interest in “killing black people

White supremacist faces terror charge after train stopped

Authorities say a 26-year-old neo-Nazi who not only was a part of the Charlottesville protestors but has reportedly spoken about "killing black people" is now facing terrorism charges after being arrested for pulling the emergency brake on an Amtrak train in October of 2017.

In the early hours of October 22, Wilson entered a restricted area of the California Zephyr train as it passed through rural Nebraska and triggered the train's emergency brakes.

His cousin, Andrew Olney, who shared an apartment with him in St. Louis since June, told authorities that Wilson was "serious about killing black people", especially during the St. Louis protests.

Deputies also found that a business card for the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group, on Wilson.

Wilson was first arrested October 22 by the Furnas County, Neb., Sheriff's Office after he broke into a secured area on an Amtrak train and triggered the emergency brakes, bringing the train to a stop in a rural area about 200 miles southwest of Omaha.

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

An assistant conductor felt the train stop just after 2 a.m. and went to search for the cause, according to the affidavit. A struggle broke out as train employees tried to subdue Wilson, who reached toward his waistband several times during the confrontation.

Amtrak workers held Wilson on the ground outside the train until a deputy from Furnas County arrived.

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The Journal Star reports that Wilson has a Missouri hide carry license. A backpack that passengers identified as belonging to Wilson had ammunition, a hammer, a fixed blade knife and a respirator-style mask similar to ones used in construction trades.

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'.

Wilson has also been charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and criminal mischief in Furnas County. Some items were in a hidden compartment behind a refrigerator, according to the court documents.

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". He was deemed competent to proceed to trial. He returned with his parents to their St. Charles home on Lightfoot Drive. They also found a hand-made shield and white supremacy-related documents.

The complaint, unsealed this week, reveals that Wilson was the suspect in a 2016 road rage incident in Missouri in which a black woman reported a white man pointed a gun at her for no apparent reason. The license plate of the man's auto tracked back to Wilson. By the time Wilson was located, the victim couldn't be found, so he was not charged, the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit says.

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

A Missouri man who attended the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August has been accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of commissioning a terrorist attack. Wilson regularly carried a "9 millimeter handgun or a.38 caliber revolver", according to Olney.

In addition, an informant told the Federal Bureau of Investigation told authorities he had expressed "an interest in killing black people". He also vandalized St. Louis restaurants with "Whites Only" signs last September.

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