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"While placing the boxes on the ground, Schneck took a clear plastic bottle appearing to be full of a clear liquid from one of the boxes", the complaint said.
Inside the box, Houston police officials said, were other things able to "produce a viable explosive device", including a timer, battery and wires connected to a homemade detonator. "Schneck then proceeded to pour the contents of the bottle on the ground next to him". During the arrest, the ranger asked Schneck "whether he wanted to harm the Dowling statue.[He] replied that he did not 'like that guy'".
Houston police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home owned by Schneck's parents on Sunday and continued the search into Monday afternoon, local media reported. The statue of Dowling, a Houstonian who served as a Confederate officer during the Civil War, is one of hundreds of monuments to the Confederacy that have come under increased scrutiny after a white supremacist rally in Virginia supporting such memorials became violent.
It's a federal case because Hermann Park, where the Dowling statue is located, receives federal funding for its maintenance. An FBI bomb robot can be seen in the background.
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A neighborhood near Rice University was evacuated Monday as authorities continued the operation to clear the scene, which began Sunday. Neighbors told Breitbart Texas this is the second time in four years this has happened at the same home.
Authorities urged residents to leave their homes at 10 a.m., according to a city of Houston emergency alert. The evacuation followed an "all night enforcement operation" carried out by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). NBC News reports he was charged in 2014 with improperly storing explosive material.
Philip Hilder, Schneck's attorney, declined to comment.
Here are five facts about the man arrested for allegedly attempting to blow-up the Confederate statute in Houston. The home at 2025 Albans is owned by Schneck's father, Andrew E. Schneck, and his mother, Cecily E. Horton. Agents later determined that the material was a military-grade explosive. He confessed to the wrongdoing government charge and was condemned to five years probation and $159,000 in compensation.
"Over the term of his supervised release, Schneck has matured and his focus is no longer concentrated on high-risk activities", Hilder wrote.
A judge ordered him held in custody pending a court hearing, which has been set for Thursday. While on probation, Schneck earned a bachelor's degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas where his major was chemistry. His minor was in the Classics. That ended nine months ago. "The tags in the 2002 essay itself are "Propellants, Explosives", Pyrotechnics 27". That included a ban on coming in contact with explosive materials.