Authorities say a 26-year-old neo-Nazi who not only was a part of the Charlottesville protestors but has reportedly spoken about "killing black people" is now facing terrorism charges after being arrested for pulling the emergency brake on an Amtrak train in October of 2017.
"The facts set forth in the complaint affidavit indicate that defendant had great potential and the inclination to cause great harm to persons on the train and perhaps others in a nearby community if the train had actually wrecked", a magistrate wrote in a detention order this week.
An informant told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Wilson has expressed an interest in "killing black people" and others besides whites, and they suspect Wilson was responsible for a road rage incident in April 2016 in St. Charles where a man pointed a gun at a black woman for no apparent reason while driving on Interstate 70, Czaplewski said.
Just before 2 a.m. on October 22, an assistant conductor felt the train braking, searched for what was causing it and found Wilson in the engineer's seat of the follow engine "playing with the controls", Czaplewski wrote.
Olney said "he knew a lot of the guys took guns with them [to the Charlottesville rally], but he did not know for certain if Wilson took anything other than a shield and bulletproof vest", the affidavit read.
A relative told investigators that Wilson had been "acting odd".
When a deputy who was patting Wilson down after his arrest asked him what the bulge in his pocket was, Wilson replied, "My dick".
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Wilson was found with a fully loaded.38 caliber handgun, along with several "speed loaders", and a business card from the National Socialist Movement, one of the most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the US, FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski wrote in the affidavit. The Southern Poverty Law Center said Wilson was not in its database of members of hate groups. Authorities say he was also carrying a business card for the Covenant Nation Church in Alabama, whose preacher told the Federal Bureau of Investigation was a "Christian Identity" church based on the belief that "white people are part of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel".
His phone included PDF files and videos of a white supremacist banner that was hung over a highway, along with other far-right material, the affidavit stated.
His cousin, Andrew Olney, who shared an apartment with him in St. Louis since June, told authorities that Wilson was "serious about killing black people", especially during the St. Louis protests.
The court documents show the Federal Bureau of Investigation has evidence of Wilson's activities with white supremacist groups, including a business card for the National Socialist Movement in Detroit, a neo-Nazi group. According to Olney, Wilson and his white supremacist group were also responsible for putting up "whites only" signs at businesses in an unknown location. A backpack that passengers identified as belonging to Wilson had ammunition, a hammer, a fixed blade knife and a respirator-style mask similar to ones used in construction trades.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched Wilson's home in December and found a tactical vest, 15 firearms, ammunition and white supremacy documents and paperwork. Investigators also found a hand-made shield and white supremacy documents and paperwork. He later was found competent to proceed, according to court records.
After being arrested, Wilson was charged with felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony in Furnas County. His attorney had requested a competency hearing, claiming Wilson's "mental health issues are now untreated", the Omaha World-Herald reported.