An Ohio man was arrested for allegedly attempting to cause trains to derail by “jamming metal into tracks and rail lines,” multiple outlets report.
The FBI arrested Joseph Findley, 43, on federal terrorist charges for alleged attacks against railroad carriers earlier this month.
“CSX train employees found metal materials jammed into the tracks and rail switches of an Ohio train line for months after a near-catastrophic derailment in August,” Fox News reports.
Attempted Ohio train derailments part of alleged terrorist plot: court docs. Joseph Findley, 43, of Cleveland was arrested and charged with terrorist attacks against railroad carriers. https://t.co/7SDAlusz62 #FoxNews
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BREAKING! Cleveland, Ohio: FBI agents on Friday arrested a Cleveland man on federal charges that accuse him of trying to cause a train derailment by wedging metal and spikes on tracks and track switches used mostly by Amtrak’s commuter line.
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Fox News reports:
During a test run for a CSX employee appreciation day, a train hit an obstruction on the track and temporarily derailed before the wheels dropped back into place.
The seemingly mysterious accident quickly became a concerning issue when employees continued to find more “purposefully placed” materials along the tracks, which matched methods taught by international terrorist groups to make homemade derail devices, court documents say.Advertisement
The investigation led to Cleveland man Joseph Findley, 43, who was arrested and charged with terrorist attacks against railroad carriers.
Findley lives with his parents, who could not be reached by Fox News Digital. His mother told Fox 8, though, that her son is not a terrorist.
“He’s never been a bad kid, never, he was always good. He’s no terrorist, somebody’s making that up,” his mom told the local news outlet, according to Fox News.
The outlet noted that Amtrak trains carry around 180-200 passengers twice per day on that line.
An FBI affidavit accuses Joseph Findley of placing metal objects onto the tracks in an effort to prevent switches from being usable. Amtrak typically uses that line. https://t.co/GKTWnyvyLL
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“Multiple images of a bald man in shorts and a black shirt placing items on the tracks five times were caught between August and October 1,” Daily Mail wrote.
More details from the Daily Mail:
The FBI began their investigation in August and discovered that surveillance cameras at Dominion Energy were not positioned to show the nearby railroad tracks.
Once the company agreed to change the direction of the cameras, multiple images of a bald man in shorts and a black shirt placing items on the tracks five times were caught between August and October 1.
When police began to try to identify the photographed man, one employee at a nearby business recognized him as the accused.
The FBI executed a search warrant on Findley’s house and he was arrested on the same day.
Apart from the CSX train’s temporary derailment, no other train has suffered any severe damage. It is not yet known how far along Findley placed the jamming metal pieces on the tracks. A thorough search has not yet been ordered.
He has been charged with terrorist attacks against railroad carriers.
As per the channel, Findley is being held without bond in jail till his hearing in the U.S. District Court next week.
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