Man who stopped train in Nebraska possibly planning terror attack, documents show

PHOTO: Amtrak passenger train , Photo Date: 2014 - Photo: 70154 / Pixabay  / MGN
PHOTO: Amtrak passenger train , Photo Date: 2014 - Photo: 70154 / Pixabay / MGN(WJRT)
Published: Jan. 4, 2018 at 9:25 PM CST
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A man with ties to white supremacist groups and who reportedly forced the emergency stop of an Amtrak train in Nebraska was planning on committing criminal acts or acts of terrorism, court documents show.

Documents state that Taylor M. Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, reportedly breached a secure area and triggered an emergency stop control panel when the train was traveling through Furnas County, Nebraska on Oct. 22

Wilson was detained by the train engineer and other Amtrak personnel once the train stopped.

It took roughly an hour for the nearest deputy to arrive on scene, and upon arrival witnessed the train engineer and the passengers holding Wilson on the ground, the documents state.

Wilson was handcuffed, and a fully loaded speedloader and a fully loaded .38 caliber handgun were discovered in his waistband.

A backpack on the train belonging to Wilson was searched, and three additional speed loaders, a box of .38 ammunition, a hammer, a knife, and other objects were found.

Authorities confirmed Wilson was en route from Sacramento to Missouri.

Wilson was arrested and charged with use of deadly weapon to commit a felony and felony criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Furnas County Jail.

On Dec. 11, Wilson was released on bond from Furnas County Court.

He is now facing charges of terrorism and violence against railroad carriers in District Court in Lincoln.

An FBI investigation into Wilson showed he traveled with members of the "Alt-Right" Neo Nazi group to the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.

In addition, an acquaintance of Wilson told authorities he had expressed "an interest in killing black people."

On Dec. 21, a search warrant for Wilson's residence in Missouri was obtained, and "a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 ammunition magazines with approximately 190 rounds of .223 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 " were located inside a hidden compartment behind his refrigerator.

On Dec. 22, Wilson was ordered to have a competency evaluation and competency hearing, and he was deemed competent to proceed.

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