A Missouri man armed with weapons and electronic devices, who allegedly has ties to white supremacy, stopped an Amtrak train in rural Nebraska with an alleged attempt to hurt its passengers.
On Wednesday, the FBI unsealed court documents that reveal that Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, who stands accused of stopping that train in October has expressed interest in "killing black people.”
To halt the train, Wilson allegedly entered a restricted area and pulled an emergency brake, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Police believe he was trying to derail the train.
After the train stopped, Wilson was found sitting in the train engineer’s seat playing with the train’s controls, FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski wrote in an affidavit.
In that affidavit, Czaplewski stated that Wilson was found with electronic devices and firearms that "have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States."
He was also reportedly acting erratically, and he allegedly reached for his waistband several times. A fully loaded .38 caliber handgun was later found in that waistband. No injuries were reported in the dramatic incident.
As he was being arrested, police allegedly found a business card in Wilson’s possession from the National Socialist Movement in Detroit, a large neo-Nazi group. Police believe Wilson attended the violent "Unite the Right" rally over the summer.
Wilson has been charged with terrorism and violence against railroad carriers. His attorney requested a competency hearing for Wilson, who was later deemed competent.
That lawyer stated that his client “cannot appreciate [...] the charges against him [...] due to the fact that his mental health issues are currently untreated.”
Wilson is currently in federal custody.
[Photo: Furnas County Sheriff’s Office]