Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’

Missouri Man Who Halted CZ Pleads Not Guilty

February 15, 2018

A Missouri man who is charged with terrorism after he stopped an Amtrak train in Nebraska last year may not have been mentally aware of what he was doing, his attorney said after entering a not guilty plea for his client in court.

Attorney Jerry Sena of Omaha, Nebraska, said his client did not “knowingly intend” to disable the train, as the criminal charges state.

Taylor M. Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, has been accused by federal authorities of entering the trailing P42DC of the California Zephyr on Oct. 23 and activating the emergency brakes in the early morning hours near Oxford, Nebraska.

If convicted, Wilson could face penalties of up to life in prison.

Federal authorities allege that Wilson was behaving erratically when confronted by Amtrak personnel.

Reportedly, Wilson goaded them with profanities, wrestled with them, reached for his waistband and claimed to be the conductor.

Police found Wilson was carrying a fully loaded .38-caliber handgun; a “speedloader,” which enables rapid reloading of bullets; and a backpack containing three more loaded speedloaders, a box of .38 ammunition; a fixed-blade knife; tin snips; scissors; and a respirator-style face mask.

After saying in court that Wilson might not have known what he was doing in the locomotive cab, Sena was asked what Wilson was trying to do.

Sena said that was another question. The attorney also contended that Wilson is not a member of any white nationalist group and has untreated mental issues.

Police who searched Wilson’s apartment in Missouri have said in court documents that they found a hidden compartment holding a tactical vest, dozens of rounds of ammunition and “white supremacy documents and paperwork.”

On Feb. 1, a federal grand jury in Missouri indicted Wilson on four additional weapons charges related to that search, including in connection with Wilson’s alleged ownership of an illegal submachine gun.

U.S. Federal Magistrate Cheryl Zwart has rules that Wilson will stand trial on April 16. Wilson is being held at the Saline County Jail.

Man Indicted Over California Zephyr Incident

January 24, 2018

A grand jury has indicted a Missouri man on terrorism charges in connection with the stopping of Amtrak’s California Zephyr last year.

Indicted was Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri.

He was indicted on one count of attempting to or threatening to “wreck, derail, and disable railroad on-track equipment and a mass transportation vehicle” and one count alleging he attempted “to interfere with, disable, or incapacitate any locomotive engineer or railroad conductor.”

Officials claim that got into the trailing P42DC locomotive of the train and tripped an emergency brake. Amtrak personnel found Wilson in the engineer’s seat “playing with the controls.”

The indictments were returned in a federal court in Nebraska.

The FBI reported finding “alt-right” and “neo-Nazi” literature in his home in Missouri.

Wilson has also been implicated in an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at woman during a “road rage” incident in St. Charles in 2016.

An FBI raid of the home he shared with his cousin in St. Charles last month found more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, “white supremacy documents and paperwork,” gunpowder and a “pressure plate” that an FBI agent described as a device commonly used to construct an improvised explosive.

Wilson’s father later gave the FBI 15 rifles and pistols and body armor that belonged to his son.

Wilson’s lawyer in Nebraska, Jerry Sena, said Wilson will plead not guilty to the indictment.

Man Who Halted CZ Charged with Terrorism

January 9, 2018

A Missouri man who last October got into an Amtrak locomotive and activated the emergency brakes of the California Zephyr in Nebraska, has been charged by the FBI with terrorism.

During a court hearing in Lincoln, Nebraska, federal officials said that Taylor Michael Wilson is a white supremacist he reportedly was seeking to “kill black people.”

Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, was armed when he halted the eastbound Zephyr in Furnas County, Nebraska.

The incident occurred just after 2 a.m. After the train stopped near Oxford, Nebraska, an Amtrak conductor went to investigate and found Wilson seated in the engineer’s seat of the trailing P42DC locomotive “playing with the controls.”

An affidavit from Amtrak personnel introduced into court records said that  as Amtrak personnel attempted to physically subdue Wilson he reached toward his front waistband and yelled “What are you going to do, shoot me?”

After restraining Wilson, Amtrak personnel called the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office for help.

Wilson has been charged with terrorist attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems.

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.”

The FBI found a stockpile of assault rifles, ammunition and white supremacist literature during a search of Wilson’s home.

Authorities also believe that Wilson might also be connected with two alleged hate crimes in the St. Louis area last year.

The FBI said that an acquaintance of Wilson had alerted them to the fact that he had been acting strangely since June and had joined a neo-Nazi group.

Wilson held a Missouri permit to carry a concealed handgun. Aboard the Amtrak train he was found to have a loaded .38-caliber handgun in his waistband, a speed loader in his pockets and National Socialist Movement business card on him.

In his backpack were three more speed loaders, a box of ammunition, a knife, scissors and a ventilation mask.

A Nebraska judge in late October ordered Wilson to undergo a competency evaluation that found him competent to stand trial.

He was released on Dec. 11 on a $100,000 bond. Two days later the FBI searched his Missouri home.

Wilson has been in federal custody since being arrested on December 23.