Man arrested for planning to bomb Confederate statue at a Houston park

Lester Mason
August 21, 2017

Schneck then took a drink from a plastic bottle he was holding, then immediately spit it out, according to the complaint.

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.

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.

Schneck's neighborhood near Rice Village was evacuated Monday after hazardous materials were found inside his home.

The Houston police bomb squad said a timer, wires connected to a homemade detonator, battery and the Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine found in Schneck's possession "were capable to produce a viable explosive device", according to the criminal complaint.

Andrew Schneck faces a charge of attempting to maliciously damage property receiving federal financial assistance, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in a US District Court.

The Houston Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation swarmed Scheck's home in Rice Village, at 2505 Albans, on Sunday and continued the raid into Monday afternoon, saying they had found hazardous materials inside. The complaint also accuses Schneck of conducting "chemistry experiments" in his home.

"Some very hazardous materials were found" inside the house, said Larry Satterwhite, assistant chief of homeland security for the Houston Police Department, without going into details.

This is not Schneck's first brush with federal authorities over explosive materials. He previously pleaded guilty in 2014 for improperly storing explosives, and received five years' probation.

Philip Hilder, Schneck's attorney, declined to comment Monday.

Schneck's lawyer said his client devoted himself to education, and earned a bachelor's degree from Austin college.

One of the refugees from Ireland's potato starvation, Richard "Dick" Dowling arrived in Houston in 1846. Dowling was hailed as a war hero in Houston, and the end of the war saw him resume his successful business career until his death in 1867.

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