Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Texas Man Arrested on Charges He Planted Bomb on Confederate Statue

Parks and Recreation Department Parks and Recreation Department
Melinda Barton | 22 August, 2017, 01:28

Schneck, 25, was spotted "among the bushes" near the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Houston's Hermann Park on Saturday evening, after protesters demanding the removal of the statue clashed with those who wanted to see it remain. Court documents said he was allegedly holding two small boxes with various items inside, including what appeared to be duct tape and wires. Schneck "then proceeded to drink from the bottle, then immediately spit the liquid on the ground next him. then proceeded to pour the contents of the bottle on the ground next to him".

His lawyer declined to comment on the latest arrest. The substances were most likely nitroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, according to the documents. HMTD, which is considered a "highly explosive compound", is used as a primary explosive.

The Houston police bomb squad eventually determined that the clear liquid was nitroglycerin, an explosive. Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives. ln its pure form, nitroglycerin is a contact explosive, with physical shock causing it to explode, which degrades over time to even more unstable forms. Nitroglycerin is highly unsafe to transport or use. On Monday, houses near his home were evacuated as authorities worked to discard the materials found in his home. Residents may hear loud noises as law enforcement is working to dispose of the materials through a series of controlled detonations.

Houston police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home owned by Shneck's parents on Sunday and continued the search into Monday afternoon, local media reported.

This is not the first time Schneck has faced charges related to explosives.

For hours, federal agents, many of them wearing full tactical gear, went in and out of the house.

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

Four years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided a home on the same street. During that case, the USA attorney's office charged Schneck with improperly storing explosives, and according to court records, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years' probation.

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