Authorities said a Houston man attempted to damage or destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park with the use of explosives. He has been arrested and will face charges.
Federal prosecutors has charged 25-year-old Andrew Schneck with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property which is receiving federal financial assistance and therefore should be protected.
A Houston park ranger on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling by a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, located in Hermann Park. 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. The ranger then requested Schneck to place the boxes on the ground. The suspect allegedly then took a drink from the plastic bottle but immediately spit it on the ground.
The ranger also noticed a timer and wires inside the box, and alerted the Houston Police Department (HPD) about it. The clear liquid was ordered tested and found to contain explosive substances. Authorities believe the items Schneck possessed were capable of producing a viable explosive device.
Authorities also say Schneck conducts chemistry experiments in his Houston home.
Houston receives federal financial assistance for the maintenance of Hermann Park where the General Dowling Monument is located.
If convicted, Schneck faces a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal prison and a possible maximum fine of $250,000.
Schneck also has a previous record in 2014 where he received five years of probation after pleading guilty in 2014 to improperly storing explosive materials.