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Confederate Statue Attempted Bombing
The Richard Dowling statue is shown near the entrance to Hermann Park Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Houston. A Houston man was taken into custody on allegations he tried to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, according to a high-level law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.(Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Federal prosecutors say a Texas man tried to plant a bomb on a Confederate statue



A Texas man was arrested after federal officials say he tried to plant explosives to destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park.

Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 25-year-old Andrew Schneck was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance.

The Houston FBI tweeted, saying a park ranger caught Schneck kneeling by the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park on Saturday.

Schneck tried to drink some of the liquid explosives when the park ranger confronted him, officials told the Houston Chronicle. Authorities said Schneck was carrying two boxes with duct tape and wires and with a bottle containing a liquid made up of compounds used as explosives. He was arrested around 11 p.m.

Schneck's attorney declined to comment.

In 2014, Schneck received five years of probation after pleading guilty to improperly storing explosive materials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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