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FBI accuses ‘alt-right’ white supremacist of terrorism after he hijacked a train in rural Nebraska

Taylor Michael Wilson (left, via mugshot) and an Amtrak train (right, via Wikimedia Commons).

A Missouri man who attended the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August has been accused by the FBI of commissioning a terrorist attack.

According to Lincoln, Nebraska’s Journal-Star newspaper, newly-unsealed FBI documents reveal that 26-year-old Taylor Michael Wilson, a man charged with attacking an Amtrak train and its employees in Nebraska while en route to St. Louis, was linked to a white supremacist group and had expressed an interest in “killing black people.”

Last October, a train conductor traveling through Furnas County, Nebraska noticed the train braking, and found Wilson “playing with the controls” in the engineer room. He was detained by the conductor, and when agents arrived at the scene, they discovered he had a legally-concealed handgun, along with “speed loaders, a box of ammunition, a knife, tin snips, scissors and a ventilation mask” inside his backpack.

He was charged with “felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony,” and after posting bail in early December, was released from jail. Days after, the FBI searched his home and found a hidden stash of 15 firearms, ammunition and accessories, as well as “white supremacy documents and paperwork.”

According to the Journal-Star‘s report, the documents on Wilson also show that agents found “videos and PDF files on Wilson’s phone of a white supremacist banner over a highway, other alt-right postings and documents related to how to kill people.”

Agents interviewed an acquaintance of Wilson’s who told them that been acting strangely since the summer, and had joined an “‘alt-right’ neo-Nazi group that he found while researching white supremacy forums online.” The FBI believes he traveled with this group to the Charlottesville rally.

Another informant told agents that “Wilson has expressed an interest in ‘killing black people’ and others besides whites, and they suspect Wilson was responsible for a road rage incident in April 2016 in St. Charles where a man pointed a gun at a black woman for no apparent reason while driving on Interstate 70.”

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