Suspect in train derailment examined for extremist relationships

Apr 4, 2020 2:10 AM ET

The FBI is investigating whether a man accused of deliberately derailing a freight train near the Navy hospital ship Mercy, docked in San Pedro to help with the coronavirus crisis, had links to extremist groups and agents deal with his social media background.

San Pedro’s 44-year-old Eduardo Moreno has been accused of intentionally destroying a train during Tuesday’s incident, which has resulted in derailment and a fuel leak, according to charges.

“Moreno is the only person charged in this case. Although the government has made no allegations of linking Moreno to an extremist ideology, our investigation continues, ”the FBI said in a statement to the Times.

Prosecutors allege that Moreno derailed and deliberately crashed barriers to stop the engines before it stopped 250 meters before Mercy.

The prosecutor said Moreno admitted during an interview that he drove the train because he believed that mercy was part of suspicious coronavirus-related activity.

Moreno believed, according to several sources, that mercy is part of a government control conspiracy aimed at dividing and controlling people. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly comment on the incident.

Moreno was an employee of the Pacific Harbor Line, which operates in the port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He had been a locomotive engineer for several years.

According to an affidavit, he said his act would attract media attention and “people could see for himself” ;, referring to mercy.

Moreno appeared in court on Wednesday and his hearing was postponed until Friday.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, officials have found that he is a member of a Facebook group interested in train crashes.

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