Missouri man, who abruptly stopped Amtrak, charged with terrorism

Federal authorities have charged an eastern Missouri man who stopped an Amtrak train in southwestern Nebraska in October with terrorism. 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Charles pulled an emergency brake in the early morning hours of October 22nd, stopping the train with 175 passengers onboard traveling from the state of California to St. Louis.

The conductor on the train and others subdued Wilson until law enforcement arrived at the train.

The FBI reports Wilson had a loaded .38-caliber handgun in his waistband at the time of this arrest on the train. He also had a speed loader in his pocket, plus a backpack with more speed loaders, and a box of ammunition.

The bureau also says Wilson has ties to a white supremacist group and had expressed an interest in killing black people. A search of Wilson’s home uncovered more guns and ammunition and white supremacy documents.

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.

Brent Martin of Nebraska Radio Network contributed to this story.