Feds: Texas Man Tried Planting Bomb on Confederate Statue
HOUSTON — A Houston man has been arrested after being accused by authorities of trying to damage or destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosives.
Federal prosecutors said Monday 25-year-old Andrew Schneck had been charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance.
Authorities say a Houston park ranger on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, located in Hermann Park.
Prosecutors say Schneck was caught with two boxes with duct tape and wires and with a bottle containing a liquid made up of compounds used as explosives.
Philip Hilder, Schneck's attorney, declined to comment on Monday. The statue has been a target of ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter as a 'symbol of white supremacy.'
Schneck received five years of probation after pleading guilty in 2014 to improperly storing explosive materials.