An armed Missouri man who abruptly stopped an Amtrak train in southwestern Nebraska in October now faces a number of serious firearms charges.
Federal prosecutors in St. Louis have charged 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Louis with possession of a fully automatic machinegun and a rifle which were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Prosecutors allege Wilson possessed the weapons between September of 2015 through the end of 2017. The federal charges carry the possibility of prison time and hefty fines.
Earlier, The United States Attorney’s Office in Nebraska reported a grand jury charged Wilson 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.
The Missourinet contributed to this story.