An armed Missouri man who abruptly stopped an Amtrak train in southwestern Nebraska in October faces additional charges.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Nebraska reports a grand jury has charged 25-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Charles with two counts of attempting to disable a train and attempting to interfere with a locomotive engineer. The first count charges Wilson attempted to wreck an Amtrak train while the train carried passengers and crew. The second count charges Wilson acted with intent to endanger the safety of the Amtrak engineer while the train carried passengers and crew.
Wilson already faces a charge of terrorism.
Federal prosecutors say Wilson had a loaded .38-caliber handgun in his waistband when he pulled an emergency brake in the early morning hours of October 22nd, stopping the passenger train with 175 aboard traveling from California to Missouri.
The conductor of the train and others subdued Wilson until deputes from Furnas County and Harlan County arrived at the train, which had been stopped in Oxford, about 23 miles southwest of Holdrege.
Investigators say Wilson not only had the handgun on him, but also had a speed loader in his pocket, plus a backpack with more speed loaders, as well as a box of ammunition. A search of Wilson’s home in St. Charles uncovered more guns and ammunition. White supremacy documents were also found.
Wilson had been traveling from Sacramento, California to St. Louis, Missouri.
The FBI suspects Wilson has ties to a white supremacist group and had expressed an interest in killing black people.
Federal investigators suspect Wilson traveled with members of a group to the United the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August where a woman was killed and 19 injured when a man rammed a crowd with his vehicle.
Wilson remains in federal custody.