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Title: BREAKING: Man arrested after attempting to plant EXPLOSIVES at Confederate statue
Source: AP
URL Source: https://apnews.com/6b0f33eecf634fda ... m_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP
Published: Aug 21, 2017
Author: AP
Post Date: 2017-08-21 18:18:50 by hondo68
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Views: 89
Comments: 2

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 21, 2017

Feds: Texas man tried planting bomb on Confederate statue

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been arrested after he was allegedly caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park, authorities said Monday.

Prosecutors allege 25-year-old Andrew Schneck was caught on Saturday evening near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army. A Houston park ranger found Schneck holding two boxes with duct tape and wires as well as a bottle and a small tube containing compounds that tests later revealed were explosive materials, according to a criminal complaint.

Schneck's arrest comes after events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist rally over the removal of a Confederate statue resulted in three deaths, and the removals of other statues nationwide, including at Duke University and late Sunday evening at the University of Texas at Austin.

Schneck was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance. He made his initial court appearance on Monday and was to remain in federal custody until a detention hearing on Thursday.

Philip Hilder, Schneck's attorney, declined to comment Monday.

The statue in Houston, located in Hermann Park, is of Richard W. "Dick" Dowling, an Ireland-born Houston saloon owner. His Confederate unit defeated a Union invasion force at the Battle of Sabine Pass in 1863. Dowling was hailed as a war hero in Houston, and the end of the war saw him resume his successful business career until his death in 1867.

"When asked by (the park ranger) if he wanted to harm the statue, Schneck responded that he did, and that he (Schneck) did not 'like that guy,'" according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities allege that Schneck was caught with a plastic bottle with what is likely nitroglycerin, an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives, and with a small aluminum tube that contained a white powder that tests showed was Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, which is used as an initiating or primary explosive. 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.

The Houston police bomb squad said a timer, wires connected to a homemade detonator, battery and the Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine found in Schneck's possession "were capable to produce a viable explosive device," according to the criminal complaint.

Schneck told police he had other chemicals at his Houston home. On Monday, houses located near Schneck's home had been evacuated as authorities worked to dispose of materials found in his home, where he lives with this mother.

According to court documents, Schneck has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Schneck's mother told authorities that her son uses one of their properties "to conduct his chemistry experiments," according to the criminal complaint.

Schneck had been arrested in 2014 on a charge of improperly storing explosive materials at his Houston home. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation.

In November, a federal judge approved a request by Schneck's attorneys for early termination of his sentence. 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." (1 image)

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#1. To: hondo68 (#0)

Authorities allege that Schneck was caught with a plastic bottle with what is likely nitroglycerin, an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives, and with a small aluminum tube that contained a white powder that tests showed was Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, which is used as an initiating or primary explosive. 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.

Real nitroglycerine is extremely unstable. Maybe he knew enough chemistry to stabilize it somewhat but it seems very dicey.

In November, a federal judge approved a request by Schneck's attorneys for early termination of his sentence. 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'll get 10 years, possibly more. Hard time too.

Good.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-08-21   19:39:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: hondo68 (#0)

The statue he tried to attack was a 1905 statue that used to be at city hall and was moved to this park some years back.

I found a closeup of the statue plaque. Not provocative IMO.

This Dowling is famous in Texas historical circles though. There is another newer and more manly memorial that the state of Texas put up in the Thirties apparently. I think it is at Sabine Pass where Dowling commanded.

And there is yet another older plaque monument to Dowling, also at Sabine Pass.

And another one some libs are trying to remove in Tuam, Ireland.

Apparently, there is an annual Dowling statue-cleaning event where the local Irish/Confederate types turn out to "clean".

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-08-21   19:53:33 ET  (5 images) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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