January 5, 2018 An armed man that stormed a secure area on an Amtrak train in October is now facing a terrorism charge.
According to court documents unsealed on Friday, federal authorities accused Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of belonging to a White Supremacy linked hate group. In an affidavit filed in federal court, a cousin told FBI agents that Taylor Wilson belongs to a neo-Nazi group and attended alt-right rallies — including the “Unite the White” in Charlottesville that turned deadly and talked about “killing black people.”
In October, 2017, Wilson was arrested in south-central Nebraska after he forces his way into a secure area of an Amtrak California Zephyr train carrying 175 people en route to St. Louis, Missouri and pulled the emergency brake, forcing the train to stop.
Witnesses on the Amtrak train who managed to restrain him until the police arrived said Wilson was acting deranged and made bizarre statements like, “I’m the conductor, bitch” and “What are you going to do, shoot me?”
The Furnas County sheriff’s office said Taylor Wilson had a loaded .38-caliber revolver in his waist and a speed loader in his pocket. Another speed loader, more ammunition, a knife, a hammer and a respirator mask were discovered in his backpack. A business card for the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi organization was also found in his backpack.
Following the incident, Wilson was charged with criminal mischief and weapons possession. After further investigation, the FBI charged him with a terrorist attack on a railroad and ordered held without bail during a December 28 detention hearing. The court documents were not unsealed until Friday.
In May, 2017, self-proclaimed white nationalist, Jeremy Christian, 35, of North Portland was charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder after stabbing three men on a Portland train.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."