An armed Missouri man who forcibly stopped an Amtrak train in Nebraska in October is an "alt-right neo-Nazi" who stockpiled weapons in his home, wanted to "kill black people" during recent protests in St. Louis, and may have been behind two alleged hate crimes in the area, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
After the train came to an "expedited stop", Amtrak workers found Wilson "playing with the controls" while sitting in the engineer's seat of an engine, according to the affidavit. He also had a backpack with three more speed loaders, a box of ammunition, a knife, tin snips, scissors and a ventilation mask inside. He was later charged in Nebraska with felony criminal mischief and use of a deadly weapon during a felony.
The weapons found in the compartment behind a refrigerator included 11 AR-15 rifle ammunition magazines with 190 rounds of ammunition, one drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition, white supremacy paperwork and a handmade shield, which Czaplewski believes was taken to the Charlottesville rally.
"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.
Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, belongs to a neo-Nazi group, traveled to Charlottesville for alt-right rallies, and talked about "killing black people", his cousin told FBI agents, according to the affidavit filed in federal court.
A relative who had moved in with Wilson in a St. Charles home on Reservoir Avenue last June told investigators that Wilson had been "acting unusual".
As the deputy handcuffed Wilson, the deputy discovered a loaded speedloader and a loaded.38 caliber handgun in the waistband of Wilson's trousers, the TV station reports. He later was found competent to proceed, according to court records.
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Staff onboard the train were able to restrain Wilson.
According to the affidavit, Wilson's firearms and electronic devices 'have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States'.
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.
Twenty-six-year-old Taylor Michael Wilson allegedly broke into a secured area of an Amtrak train and stopped the train by applying the emergency brakes on October 22, 2017. The car's license plate was traced to Wilson, who tried to turn himself in to police but would not say what he had done.
His attorney had requested a competency hearing, claiming Wilson's "mental health issues are now untreated", the Omaha World-Herald reported. Wilson regularly carried a "9 millimeter handgun or a.38 caliber revolver", according to Olney. Police drove to the train from Oxford and placed him under arrest. Wilson's relative alleged he and other members of his white supremacist group were behind the "Whites Only" signs put up on restaurants in The Grove in September. They also said he had "several" legally purchased firearms, but eventually turned over 15 weapons, including an illegal fully automatic rifle and another illegally converted rifle, court documents say.
Wilson is now back in federal custody, according to court documents.
Wilson was released on bond on December 11 but taken back into custody on December 23 after a complaint was filed against him in a Nebraska federal court.