Man Tries To Blow Up Confederate Statue In Houston

Schneck is charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance and he remains in custody.

He was caught kneeling by it on Saturday with two boxes, duct tape, wires and a bottle containing liquids that could be used to make explosives, prosecutors said. Schneck allegedly complied, but then took a swig from a plastic bottle and immediately spat a clear liquid out.

Schneck had been arrested in 2014 on a charge of improperly storing explosive materials at his Houston home.

His lawyer declined to comment on the latest arrest. Nitroglycerin is highly unsafe to transport or use. ln its undiluted form, it is one of the world's most powerful explosives.

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This is not Schneck's first brush with federal authorities over explosive materials.

This was the second time federal authorities raided Schneck's home.

The ranger then asked if he planned to harm the statute, and he said he did because he did not "like that guy", according to a sworn statement submitted in federal court by an FBI agent investigating the case.

"This is an evolving situation, with an ongoing investigation", said Philip Hilder told the Chronicle.

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A Houston police bomb squad said that a timer, wires connected to a homemade detonator, battery and the hexamethylene triperoxide diamine found on Schneck "were capable to produce a viable explosive device".

Authorities urged residents to leave their homes at 10 a.m., according to a city of Houston emergency alert.

The Houston Police Department, the FBI, the Houston Fire Department Hazmat Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Sunday began an operation at Schneck's home after a traffic stop. In his motion, Hilder had written that Schneck "is not a risk to public safety" and that "his focus is no longer concentrated on high-risk activities". He received a chemistry degree from Austin College in 2016.

The scribd.com tags for the document include: "Explosive Material", "Chemical Reactions", "Nitrogen", "Molecules", and "Alkene".

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His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday. After summarizing his criminal history, the KPRC article noted that "if convicted for Saturday's incident, Schneck faces a minimum of five to 40 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine".


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