yuge explosion averted! sad!

Houston Man Faces 40 Years After Trying To Blow Up Confederate Statue
zeropointnow, iBankCoin, Aug 21 2017

In yet another case of Demagogs trying to erase reminders of their slave-owning past, a 25-year-old Houston man previously convicted of a federal explosives charge was arrested over the weekend after he was caught attempting to blow up a the statue of General Dowling at Hermann Park, acting federal attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas said Monday. Schneck, who earned a chemistry degree at an Austin college, was found ‘kneeling among the bushes in front of the General Dowling Monument’ with items ‘capable to produce a viable explosive device,’ according to a press release issued by prosecutors. According to the criminal complaint, Schneck had two boxes of duct tape, explosives and wires. Houston Police Asst Chief Larry Satterwhite said at a Monday press conference:

Some very hazardous materials were found, and we are in the process of trying to mitigate that and remove those materials in a safe manner that does not jeopardize the public and keeps everyone safe.

Per the DoJ:

The clear liquid was field-tested, as was a white powdery substance found in a small, black aluminum tube, which revealed they were most likely nitroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) respectively, according to the charges. HMTD is a high explosive organic compound used as an initiating, or primary explosive. Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives. ln its pure form, nitroglycerin is a contact explosive, with physical shock causing it to explode, which degrades over time to even more unstable forms. Nitroglycerin is highly dangerous to transport or use. ln its undiluted form, it is one of the world’s most powerful explosives.

Schneck, rich-kid son of prominent Houston art appraiser Cecily Horton, was recently released on probation after serving 28 months of a 5-year sentence following a 2014 conviction for improperly storing explosives at the family’s four homes and his Austin college dorm, requiring authorities in hazmat suits to remove chemicals and detonate two devices. According to the criminal complaint, Schneck “conducts ‘chemistry experiments’” at his Houston residence. The case falls under Federal jurisdiction because Houston, “receives federal financial assistance for maintenance of Hermann Park, where the General Dowling Monument is located,” prosecutors said.

According to a Heavy.com, Andrew Cecil Schneck attended Memorial High School in the Spring Branch school district, graduating in 2010. According to the Houston Chronicle:

School acquaintances described him as an awkward loner who struggled with social interactions. “I can’t even think of a single friend he had, to be perfectly honest,” said one former classmate at Memorial High School, where he was known as “Ace” for his initials. During their senior year of high school, the former classmate said, Schneck wrote a “manifesto” dedicated to some of the school’s popular girls, decrying how their boyfriends treated them and saying he could have done better. After high school graduation in 2010, the two lost touch and Schneck’s classmate didn’t hear news of him again until charges were filed against him several years ago. “None of this is surprising,” the former classmate said. “He seems a bit disconnected from reality.”

Schneck faces between 5 and 40 years in prison if convicted, as well as a charge of up to $250k.

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