HOUSTON, TX - A Houston man has been charged with trying to blow up a Confederate statue in Hermann Park. The arrest led to an FBI raid of his home and the evacuation of nearby residents. A park ranger in Houston's Hermann Park said he noticed a man kneeling in bushes like those near this statue. Then he noticed what he believed to be the makings of a bomb.
Police say 25-year-old Andrew Schneck, was in Hermann Park Saturday night near the General Dowling monument. Federal investigators say he had two boxes that had explosive materials inside along with wires and what looked like a timer. Nothing happened in the park once the ranger intervened. but investigators say that incident led them to a home in the 2000 of Albans in Rice University. There the FBI and ATF detonated other materials and devices found in the home. Investigators say they believe Schneck planned to blow up that statue.
"I understand everybody has a First Amendment right. but you do not have a First Amendment right to deface any of the public art of the statues, of the monuments that exist in this city, whether you like the art or the statues or you don't."