FBI arrests Charlottesville neo-Nazi on terrorism charges after he hijacked a train

The FBI has accused a Missouri man linked to the “Alt-Right” and the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA of attempting a terrorist attack in October 2017.

Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, has been charged with attacking an Amtrak train headed to St. Louis, MO and its employees in Nebraska. Recently unsealed FBI documents reveal that Wilson was linked to white supremacist groups, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported.

In October 2017, a train conductor noticed the train braking unexpectedly, and later found Wilson “playing with the controls.” The conductor and others then detained Wilson, and law enforcement later found Wilson had a concealed handgun, “speed loaders, a box of ammunition, a knife, tin snips, scissors and a ventilation mask” inside his backpack.

Wilson, who joined a neo-Nazi group in 2017, had expressed an interest in “killing black people,” and had numerous PDF and video files on his phone of white supremacist banners displayed over a highway, alt-right documents and guides on killing people. Upon his arrest, Wilson had a business card from the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group — it’s believed he traveled with the group to the “Unite the Right” rally in August, during which neo-Nazi violence left dozens injured and a counterprotester dead.

Upon searching his home, FBI agents found “a hidden compartment with a handmade shield, as well as: ‘a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 (rifle) ammunition magazines with approximately 190 rounds of .223 ammunition, one drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, firearms tactical accessories (lights), 100 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, approximately 840 rounds of 5.45×39 rifle ammunition, white supremacy documents and paperwork, several additional handgun and rifle magazines, gunpowder, ammunition-reloading supplies, and a pressure plate.'”

The agents also found 15 firearms, including a fully-automatic rifle, ammunition and firearms magazines.

Wilson is also believed to be responsible for an April 2016 rage incident during which a man pointed a gun at a black woman unprovoked while driving on I-70.

In addition to terrorist charges, Wilson had been charged with “felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony,” though he posted bail in December.