Alleged White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism In Amtrak Incident

  • Alleged White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism In Amtrak Incident

Alleged White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism In Amtrak Incident

A 26-year-old alleged white supremacist who the Federal Bureau of Investigation says was "serious about killing black people" has been charged with terrorism for pulling the emergency brake on an Amtrak train in an attempt to derail it, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

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. His phone had numerous alt-right and white supremacist images and material.

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

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".

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.

Wilson was also carrying a business card for the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Passengers on the train also pointed investigators to a backpack belonging to Wilson.

Wilson was also found with a business card for the National Socialist Movement, according to the affidavit. He was later charged in Nebraska with felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during a felony. Some items were in a hidden compartment behind a refrigerator, according to the court documents. A struggle broke out as train employees tried to subdue Wilson, who reached toward his waistband several times during the confrontation.

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. His attorney had requested a competency hearing, claiming Wilson's "mental health issues are now untreated", the Omaha World-Herald reported. It's said that he'd traveled to Sacramento with a cousin last fall, and it was in his return that the Amtrak emergency brake incident went down. He was on his way back when the incident on the train occurred.

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 unusual".

When members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched Wilson's St. Charles home they found a stockpile of gun accessories and ammunition behind a camouflaged panel.

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. 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. The FBI also said Wilson could have been planning to commit criminal acts or acts of terrorism on the train, 1011 Now reports. According to Olney, Wilson and his white supremacist group were also responsible for putting up "whites only" signs at businesses in an unknown location.

After obtaining a warrant, investigators searched the home December 21 and found a stockpile of ammunition and gun accessories including a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 rifle magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, several additional handgun and rifle magazines, gunpowder, and ammunition reloading supplies.