Armed man drew a brake on the Amtrak train in Nebraska, authorities say

Taylor Michael Wilson was charged with terrorism after allegedly trying to the wreck of an Amtrak train.

(Furnas County Sheriff’s Office)

An alleged white supremacist who participated in a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year faces federal charges after I was a wreck of an Amtrak train in Nebraska, authorities said.

Taylor, Michael Wilson, 26, St. Charles, Mo., a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train Oct. 22, played with the controls and the application of the brake – sending passengers lunging and knocking out electrical power, according to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. district Court in Lincoln, Neb.

The submission of the issue of terrorism was first published in the Lincoln Journal Star last week.

Two Amtrak conductors held Wilson in the train until police arrived, authorities said. A conductor said Wilson reviled them, saying: “What are you going to do, shoot me?”

Police allegedly seized a loaded firearm, ammunition, a hammer, and a saw blade from inside the man’s backpack. Wilson refused to tell the authorities why he had the items, authorities said. They added that Wilson was wearing a business card for the National Socialist Movement, an openly neo-Nazi group.

Wilson was released on a partially secured bond in December, but after a search and a subsequent FBI investigation, he was arrested again on weapons charges.

The indictment states that in addition to weapons and a hand-made shield, the FBI also learned that Wilson expressed disturbing views on his friend, including that he was interested in the murder of black people, and violently supported white supremacist groups.

Wilson’s cousin claimed he followed a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. He said that it is unclear whether the 26-year-old brought something more than a shield and a bullet proof vest to the rally, but noted that he was known to carry a firearm with him.

The u.s. department of justice, the indictment of Wilson signals an increasing focus on white racist violence in the U.S. On Tuesday, a few days after Wilson’s indictment was revealed, the ministry of justice sentenced a neo-Nazi leader to five years in prison for explosive charges.

Brandon Clint Russell, 22, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for possessing a non-destructive device and for the illegal storage of explosive substances.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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