Man Charged for Trying to Plant Nitroglycerin Bomb on Confederate Statue

Aug 23, 2017, 00:41
Man Charged for Trying to Plant Nitroglycerin Bomb on Confederate Statue

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody Monday for allegedly trying to destroy a monument to Confederate Gen. Dick Dowling at a park in Houston, the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said.

If convicted of trying to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance, Schneck faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $US250,000 ($315,000).

Authorities say a Houston park ranger on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, located in Hermann Park.

Schneck was holding two small boxes that included a viable explosive, a timer, wires connected to a homemade detonator, a battery, and an explosive compound, according to the statement. When he was confronted by the park ranger, Schneck tried to drink the bottle that had the nitroglycerin but spit out the liquid and then poured it out on the ground.

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He pleaded guilty in August 2014 to federal charges of storing picric acid, an explosive also used in medicine and dyes, at a Houston home.

A court employee who answered the phone said Judge Johnson was not available to comment on the case Monday.

"Nitroglycerin is highly risky to transport or use", the Justice Department said in a statement. "Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives", court documents said.

"Some very hazardous materials were found" inside the house, said Larry Satterwhite, assistant chief of homeland security for the Houston Police Department, without going into details. Police asked Schneck why he wanted to harm the statue and he answered he did not "like that guy", the complaint states.

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Federal authorities said one of two tubes on the devices contained nitgroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine.

In a motion arguing for early termination of his client's supervised release, Schneck's lawyer, Philip Hilder, argued Schneck had been "of exemplary character" since his arrest.

The Houston Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation swarmed Scheck's home in Rice Village, at 2505 Albans, on Sunday and continued the raid into Monday afternoon, saying they had found hazardous materials inside.

Federal agents search contents from the Houston home of Andrew Schneck.

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Schneck graduated from Austin College with a major in Chemistry. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 24.

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