Man attempts to blow up Confederate monument, police say

Man attempts to blow up Confederate monument, police say”

A man captured while trying to blow up a Confederate monument in Houston, Texas on Saturday has been charged with a federal crime.

Andrew Schneck, 25, was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy the monument to Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army.

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 park rangers ordered Schneck to put down the boxes, he took a drink of clear liquid from a plastic bottle and then spit it on the ground, court documents said.

Mr Schneck, from Texas, was on five years' probation after pleading guilty in 2014 to improperly storing explosive material.

"Nitroglycerin is highly risky to transport or use", the Justice Department said in a statement. "A criminal complaint was filed in Houston federal court today charging Andrew Schneck, of Houston". According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Scheck had been conducting "chemistry experiments" inside his parents' $2.1 million home. KHOU-TV reported that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials searched the home in Museum District neighborhood near Rice University from mid-Sunday to Monday morning. After noticing a timer in one of Schneck's boxes, the ranger called police. Police asked Schneck why he wanted to harm the statue and he answered he did not "like that guy", the complaint states.

Philip Hilder, Schneck's attorney, declined to comment. Exams of the substances revealed that they were nitroglycerin and Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), the charges said.

Schneck told police he had other chemicals at his Houston home.

Authorities urged residents to leave their homes at 10 a.m., according to a city of Houston emergency alert. The motion said early termination was warranted because Schneck had "devoted himself to his education and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College" and had "matured and his focus is no longer concentrated on high-risk activities". A federal judge let him off probation early, after just two years and two months. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 24.

If convicted for Saturday's incident, Schneck faces a minimum of five to 40 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

Like this


22 August 2017
Of Course Donald Trump Looked at the Eclipse Without Glasses
The one rule of Monday's total solar eclipse was not to look at it without special glasses. The solar eclipse was over from coast to coast in 90 minutes.

22 August 2017
KJ apologises to Indonesia for upside-down flag
They will also stop the circulation of the previously printed guidebook and will revise a new edition to be circulated in the near future.

22 August 2017
Russia: Attacker Shot Dead After Stabbing Rampage
The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement that the suspected attacker was killed by police fire after the assault. It said armed police called to the scene "liquidated" the attacker following the stabbing on Saturday morning.

22 August 2017
Deepening rift, U.S. sharply curtails visa services in Russian Federation
Nonimmigrant visas will only be issued in Moscow , not at consulates in St. Moscow responded with the order for the USA to cut its embassy staff.

20 August 2017
Kissimmee police shooting: 1 officer dead, 1 in grave condition
It appears that there was only one shooter and there is no danger to the public, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeffrey O'Dell said. Details of the shooting incident were not immediately known, but community leaders began sending condolences over Twitter.

20 August 2017
Police presence expected at "Free Speech Rally" on Boston Common
Boston police estimated the size of the crowd participating in the march to the Common at about 15,000. They held signs with a variety of messages, from " Black Lives Matter " to "Respect Earth".

19 August 2017
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Gets March 2018 Release Date
Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. SEGA confirmed that it would be released in the West during last year's PlayStation Experience .

18 August 2017
Australian Deputy PM's citizenship predicament
The leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, Jacina Ardern, said she was keen to talk to Ms Bishop to improve relations. Another two senators, Matt Canavan and Malcolm Roberts , will also have their eligibility decided by the High Court.

18 August 2017
Flood toll rises to 72 in Bihar, 123 in Assam
The floods have affected 23 districts of the state and more than 1.83 Lakh people are seeking refuge in relief camps. Lakhs of people in Cooch Behar and Uttar Dinajpur have taken shelter in relief camps.

16 August 2017
Target (TGT) Acquires Delivery Tech Company Grand Junction
Expanding delivery and making it faster have been key areas for retailers trying to attract convenience-seeking shoppers. Mark Kenny, who will join Target from Walmart later this month, will oversee Target's meat, seafood and deli sections.