Los Angeles man tries to RAM train into ‘suspicious’ US Navy hospital ship ‘to wake people up’
San Pedro resident Eduardo Moreno was charged with one count of train wrecking on Wednesday after admitting to authorities that he deliberately derailed a locomotive in an attempt to crash it into the USNS Mercy, a Navy medical vessel docked near LA to take pressure off the city’s crowded hospitals amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Train operator at Port of Los Angeles charged with intentional derailment of locomotive near the Navy hospital ship Mercy.https://t.co/Y5fZEj0Vz4— US Attorney L.A. (@USAO_LosAngeles) April 1, 2020
The train smashed through several steel and concrete barriers but failed to collide with the ship, being stopped by a chain link fence, according to a highway patrol officer who witnessed the attempted ramming.
#BREAKING: Train engineer arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly running a locomotive off the tracks in an attempt to hit USNS Mercy. The Mercy is docked in the Port of LA to ease crowding at local hospitals during the #COVIDー19 pandemic. @Stu_Mundel reports from #Sky9pic.twitter.com/IYnDUuQDat— Mike Rogers (@MikeRogersTV) April 1, 2020
Moreno told the LA Port Police that he did it because he was suspicious of the Mercy, which he believed was involved in a “government takeover” plot or some other mysterious conspiracy.
The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.
CALIFORNIA: A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles is facing federal charges for allegedly charging a locomotive off tracks toward the USNS Mercy, which he suspected is tied to a government plot, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/RnEC5cecGb— News (@News_USA_MSM) April 2, 2020
Moreno insisted the medical ship is not “what they say it’s for,” and that he felt the need to “wake people up,” though did not go into detail about its supposed ‘real’ purpose.
The 44-year-old engineer faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for Tuesday’s derailing, according to the LA attorney’s office. He was held overnight on local charges, but handed over to the FBI on Wednesday morning before making his first appearance in federal court.
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