Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

White supremacist charged with terror attack on Amtrak train

White supremacist charged with terror attack on Amtrak train

They also found documents on how to kill people, while an informant told the FBI Wilson had joined a neo-Nazi group and had an interest in "killing black people", according to Czaplewski.

A Missouri man suspected of stopping an Amtrak train in southwest Nebraska has been charged with terrorism. His phone had numerous alt-right and white supremacist images and material.

An Amtrak train was traveling through rural Nebraska in the early morning hours of October 22 a year ago when it came to a sudden, surprising stop.

"We lunged forward in our seats and all the power went out, it went completely black in the train auto", passenger Bobbie Garris told NTV. He forced the train headed from Sacramento to St. Louis to stop. "We could smell something burning and I'm going to guess that was the brakes".

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He was subdued by Amtrak workers and arrested while approximately 175 passengers sat in the dark after the train stopped at 2 a.m.

Amtrak staff searched the train and discovered Wilson in the engineer's seat of the follow engine, where he was behaving erratically and playing with the controls. After Amtrak personnel detained Wilson, a sheriff's deputy arrived and found a "fully loaded speedloader with.38 bullets" and a "fully loaded 38 caliber handgun in Wilson's front waistband", federal court documents unsealed Wednesday state.

Wilson had a loaded revolver, plus more ammunition and a knife, the deputy said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Monte Czaplewski noted in the affidavit, "The described documents are often possessed and utilized by individuals and groups attempting or planning to commit criminal acts or acts of terrorism or violence".

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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".

A witness interviewed who lived with Wilson in St. Charles, Missouri described him as a member of an "alt-right" and "Neo-Nazi" group he "found while researching white supremacy forums online", according to the affidavit.

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.

His attorney, Jerry Sena of Omaha said on Friday that Wilson plans to plead not guilty to the federal charges.

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He was arrested December 23, a day after the complaint was filed under seal in federal court in Nebraska.

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