Texas man accused of trying to bomb Confederate statue

Controlled explosions evacuations underway in neighborhood near Rice University
Controlled explosions evacuations underway in neighborhood near Rice University
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23 August, 2017

In Houston, authorities say they arrested a 25-year-old man who tried to blow up a Confederate statue on Saturday.

Schneck has been charged with "attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance".

A park ranger in the Texas city of Houston discovered Schneck near the General Dowling Monument with a pair of suspicious packages, the release said.

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.

After placing the boxes on the ground per the ranger's request, Schneck then allegedly took a drink from a plastic bottle but spit it on the ground.

"He was on a five-year probation based on his unlawful storage and handling of explosive materials", Borkovich said.

NBC's Houston affiliate, KPRC-TV, also gave additional details on Schneck's arrest in a Monday write-up. Nitroglycerin is highly risky to transport or use. His family paid $159,000 to law enforcement agencies as restitution. A criminal complaint against Schneck outlined that the latter susbstance is a "high explosive organic compound used as an initiating, or primary explosive". The complaint also accuses Schneck of conducting "chemistry experiments" in his home. In 2013, a multi-agency team stormed the home owned by Houston art community staple Cecily E. Horton, and her husband, Andrew Schneck.

The ranger contacted the Houston Police Department, who then summoned the bomb squad to investigate.

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"When asked by Curtis if he wanted to harm the statue, Schneck responded that he did, and that he (Schneck) did not 'like that guy, '" the affidavit states.

Schneck's legal counselor, Philip Hilder, declined to remark on Monday.

Schneck told investigators that he had other explosives in his home. Exams of the substances revealed that they were nitroglycerin and Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), the charges said.

A judge ordered him held in custody pending a court hearing, which has been set for Thursday.

Schneck graduated from Austin College with a major in Chemistry.

Schneck made his initial appearance in court Monday morning.

The scribd.com tags for the document include: "Explosive Material", "Chemical Reactions", "Nitrogen", "Molecules", and "Alkene". He faces 40 years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine if convicted.


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