San Pedro man suspected of intentionally derailing a train in an attempt to ram USNS Mercy
Federal prosecutors claim a San Pedro train engineer intentionally derailed a locomotive near the Port of L.A in an attempt to crash into the hospital ship USNS Mercy.
What they're saying:
US Attorney's office asserts that Eduardo Moreno, age 44, a resident of San Pedro, admitted in two separate interviews with law enforcement that he deliberately derailed the train and crashed the train near the hospital ship USNS Mercy.
In an interrogation with the Los Angeles Port Police, Moreno allegedly said he "did it" and in an interview with the F.B.I, Moreno said “he did it out of the desire to ‘wake people up,’” according to the affidavit. “Moreno stated that he thought that the U.S.N.S.Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for.’”.
The USNS Mercy arrived last week to the Port of Los Angeles to provide medical support to regional hospitals during the Coronavirs pandemic that has gripped the nation.
Moreno ran the train off the tracks and crashed through barriers before the toppled train stopped more than 250 yards from the navy ship.
No one was injured in the incident, and the USNS Mercy was not damaged.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Port of Los Angeles Police are now leading the investigation.