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Man Accused Of Trying To Destroy Confederate Monument In Houston

Man Accused Of Trying To Destroy Confederate Monument In Houston

A Texas man was arrested Monday after he allegedly tried to destroy a Confederate statue in a park during the weekend by planting explosives, federal officials said.

He was released from probation early past year after he was convicted in 2015 of storing explosives and was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Houston Park Ranger Tamara Curtis saw Schneck kneeling in the bushes in front of a statue of Confederate Maj. Court documents said he was allegedly holding two small boxes with various items inside, including what appeared to be duct tape and wires.

Federal investigators swarmed near Schneck's house on Monday. Officials stated that "nitroglycerin is highly risky to transport or use". He told law enforcement he had other chemicals at his home on Albans Road near Rice University. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Scheck had been conducting "chemistry experiments" inside his parents' $2.1 million home. CNN reported that the ranger supposedly eyed a timer and wires near Schneck.

When the ranger spotted Schneck, he reportedly admitted that he wanted to destroy the statue, saying he "did not like the guy", according to NBC News. They also said the box contained HMTD, or hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, another explosive.

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Schneck's lawyer, Phillip Hilder, responded to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas Monday afternoon saying that "This is an evolving situation in an ongoing investigation".

The 25-year-old also admitted to police that he had other chemicals in his home, officials said. "It would be premature for me to comment before any evidence is presented".

"Over the term of his supervised release, Schneck has matured and his focus is no longer concentrated on high-risk activities", Hilder wrote. In 2016, a judge released him from probation ahead of schedule. While on probation, Schneck earned a bachelor's degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas where his major was chemistry.

He made his initial court appearance Monday and was to remain in federal custody until a detention hearing Thursday.

At one point, they even brought in a special robot, normally used to handle explosive materials and homemade bombs. He faces 40 years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine if convicted.

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