In case you didn’t think all this madness over statues could get any more insane, a young Texas man has been arrested for trying to blow up — as in WITH A BOMB — a statue of Richard Dowling in Houston’s Hermann Park. On Saturday, Andrew Cecil Schneck, age 25, was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy public property, federal prosecutors said.
Thankfully, before Schneck got around to the explosion part, a Park Ranger spotted him setting up his device. The Ranger was patrolling Houston Park when he “observed Schneck to be holding two small boxes with various items inside,” including “what appeared to be duct tape and wires.”
In case you’re unfamiliar with Richard Dowling, he’s a Texas hero, Civil War Veteran, and a firefighter who died of a lung infection which he likely never would have contracted had he not risked his life to save a little girl from a fire and suffered severe smoke inhalation.
Apparently, Schneck has a criminal history of bomb building and explosive collecting. Back in 2014, the Austin College Chemistry Major was charged with improperly storing explosive material. He plead guilty and was sentenced to five years probation and a $159,000 fine. Curiously, most of the documents in that case were sealed. However, you’d think this time around, authorities will make sure Schneck faces some serious time.
The FBI, ATF, Houston Police, and Firefighters searched Schneck’s home. His entire streetwas closed off and his neighbors were told to vacate their homes.
“Some very hazardous materials were found” in the house, said Houston Police Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite. “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.”