LINCOLN, Neb. – An April trial is scheduled for a Missouri man who allegedly stopped an Amtrak train in Nebraska.
Not guilty pleas were entered Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Lincoln for Taylor Wilson, St. Charles, Missouri, according to court records. He is charged with attempting to turn off of a train and an attempt to interfere with an engineer or conductor. His trial is set to begin April 16.
The charges stem from an Oct. 22 incident on the train to Chicago from California. Wilson, who was a paying passenger, a protected area of the locomotive, and allows for an emergency brake as the California Zephyr trip through western Nebraska, authorities said.
Wilson was armed with a revolver, ammunition and a knife, authorities said. None of the 175 people aboard the train were injured.
Lawyer Jerry Sena told reporters that his client is not “aware of” plan ” for the turning off of the train, as the criminal prosecution.
“It is possible that he does not know what he was doing,” Sena said.
The FBI has alleged in court documents that Wilson has ties with white supremacist groups, including a business card for the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, But Sena said he doesn’t believe that his client is a member of a white supremacist group.
After Wilson allegedly stopped the train, the Amtrak staff searched the engine and found him in the engineer, the seat of the follow of the engine. The Amtrak staff said that he behaves erratically and play with the controls. The conductor and others subdued Wilson, held him for police officers to get to where the train stopped in Oxford, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of Omaha.
An examination of Wilson’s apartment in Missouri discovered a tactical vest, ammo, and white supremacist documents and paperwork, according to court records. Wilson’s father also appeared in 15 guns his son owned.
Wilson is being held in the Saline County Jail.