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


An armed Missouri man who forcibly stopped an Amtrak train in Nebraska in October is an "alt-right neo-Nazi" who stockpiled weapons in his home, wanted to "kill black people" during recent protests in St. Louis, and may have been behind two alleged hate crimes in the area, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

Passengers on the train also directed authorities to Wilson's backpack, which contained three more speedloaders, a box of ammunition, a hammer, a fixed blade knife, tin snips, scissors, a tape measure, and a respirator-style mask similar, court documents state.

Wilson has also been charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and criminal mischief in Furnas County.

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.

Taylor M. Wilson of St. Charles, Missouri, was arrested December 23 and is facing federal charges of "terrorist attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and against mass transportation systems".

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. The FBI believes he traveled with this group to the Charlottesville rally.

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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. Some items were in a hidden compartment behind a refrigerator, according to the court documents.

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.

Tom Patterson, the Furnas County attorney, told NBC News the state probably would have added more serious charges if the feds had not taken over the case.

It's said that at one point on the train ride, Wilson forced his way into a secure area of the Amtrak train, where he was then able to pull the emergency brake.

Wilson "traveled with members of the "alt-right" Neo Nazi group to the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia", the cousin told investigators. 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.

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".

After Wilson was arrested for triggering the train's brakes in October, FBI agents found weapons, tactical gear and white supremacist documents at his home. Wilson regularly carried a "9 millimeter handgun or a.38 caliber revolver", according to Olney. The FBI also said Wilson could have been planning to commit criminal acts or acts of terrorism on the train, 1011 Now reports.