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FBI Looks For Ties To Extremist Groups In Train Derailment Near Hospital Ship Mercy

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Los Angeles Times

FBI Looks For Ties To Extremist Groups In Train Derailment Near Hospital Ship Mercy

By Richard Winton, Staff Writer

The FBI is examining whether a man accused of intentionally derailing a freight train near the Navy hospital ship Mercy, which is docked in San Pedro to help with the coronavirus crisis, had any ties to extremist groups, and agents are digging into his social media background.

Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro was charged with deliberately wrecking a train during the incident Tuesday, which led to a derailment and fuel leak, according to the charges.

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

Prosecutors allege that Moreno derailed the train and deliberately crashed through barriers designed to stop engines before grinding to a halt 250 yards from the Mercy.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-02/fbi-train-derailment-mercy-naval-ship-extremist-groups