Sunday 22 July 2018

Man arrested on suspicion of bomb plot to destroy Confederate statue

Emily Shugerman

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Houston for allegedly attempting to plant a bomb near a local Confederate monument.

The Houston FBI announced on Monday that they had arrested Andrew Schneck in connection with an incident in front of the General Dowling Monument in Hermann Park two days before.

Mr Schneck is believed to have been carrying items capable of producing viable explosive device. He has been charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property.

Officials say a Houston park ranger caught Mr Schneck kneeling near the statue of the Confederate general on Saturday. Prosecutors claim he was carrying two boxes with duct tape and wires, and a bottle with liquid that could be used to make explosives.

Officials conducted a raid on a Houston home on Sunday, bringing in tools used to handle homemade bombs. In a press conference on Monday, police confirmed they were attempting to recover "significant hazardous materials".

(© Independent News Service)

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