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

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

He was arrested December 23 after the complaint against him was filed in federal court in Nebraska.

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.

In an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski said there was probable cause to believe that electronic devices possessed by Wilson and firearms owned by him "have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States".

Wilson is accused of pulling the emergency break on an Amtrak train in October in an attempt to derail
Wilson is accused of pulling the emergency break on an Amtrak train in October in an attempt to derail

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".

Just before 2 a.m. on October 22, an assistant conductor felt the train braking, searched for what was causing it and found Wilson in the engineer's seat of the follow engine "playing with the controls", Czaplewski wrote. He was carrying a loaded.38-caliber handgun in his waistband and a speed loader in his pocket. 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's relative alleged he and other members of his white supremacist group were behind the "Whites Only" signs put up on restaurants in The Grove in September.

The court documents show the Federal Bureau of Investigation has evidence of Wilson's activities with white supremacist groups, including a business card for the National Socialist Movement in Detroit, a neo-Nazi group.

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In the affidavit, Czaplewski recounted statements from an acquaintance of Wilson's who said Wilson had traveled with neo-Nazis to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, which authorities believe was the Unite the Right rally in which a woman was killed in August.

Olney said "he knew a lot of the guys took guns with them [to the Charlottesville rally], but he did not know for certain if Wilson took anything other than a shield and bulletproof vest", the affidavit read. Days after, the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched his home and found a hidden stash of 15 firearms, ammunition and accessories, as well as "white supremacy documents and paperwork".

Wilson's father subsequently provided agents with 15 firearms, including handguns and rifles and tactical body armor. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that at least one weapon was an automatic rifle and another was converted to a short rifle, "both in possible violation of federal firearm laws".

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Wilson, who was traveling from Sacramento, California, to St. Louis, later was charged in Furnas County with felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. On Dec. 11, Wilson's $100,000 bond was posted and he was released.

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.

"We lunged forward in our seats and all the power went out", Garris told NTV at the time. 'We could smell something burning and I'm going to guess that was the brakes'.

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The 26-year-old has been charged in federal court in Lincoln with terrorism attacks and other violence against mass transportation systems, according to federal court records unsealed Wednesday.