Eduardo Moreno Wiki – Eduardo Moreno Biography
Eduardo Moreno is a California man and train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles who is accused of intentionally derailing his locomotive and trying to crash into the USNS Mercy, a Naval ship that was brought to San Pedro to help with the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The 44-year-old Moreno admitted to running his train at a high rate of speed off the train tracks near the hospital ship, federal authorities said in a press release.
According to federal prosecutors, Moreno told FBI agents that he was concerned about why the hospital ship had really been brought to the Los Angeles area, saying he believed it could have been there as part of a plan for a government takeover or other COVID-19-related conspiracy theories. He was operating a Pacific Harbor Line train on Tuesday, March 31.
“Moreno ran the train off the end of tracks, and crashed through a series of barriers before coming to rest more than 250 yards from the Mercy,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a statement. “No one was injured in the incident, and the Mercy was not harmed or damaged in any way. The incident did result in the train leaking a substantial amount of fuel oil, which required clean up by fire and other hazardous materials personnel.”
Eduardo Moreno Age
He is 44 years old.
Eduardo Moreno Early Life
According to his Facebook profile, Moreno is a San Pedro native
Eduardo Moreno Education
Eduardo Moreno graduated from San Pedro Senior High School.
Eduardo Moreno Family Life, Wife, Children
Moreno lives in San Pedro with his wife and their two children, his social media profile shows. Details about his position at the Port of Los Angeles were not immediately available and the train company has not commented about the incident.
Abundant Life Church of God in Torrance, California, tweeted a link to this story and wrote, “His family attends our church!” Abundant Life is affiliated with the Cleveland, Tennessee,-based Church of God, a Pentecostal Christian denomination. Moreno’s Facebook profile does not reveal any information about his motive or political beliefs.
Her profile picture, showing a photo of her with Moreno and their two sons says bluntly, “quedate en tu pinche casa,” which translates roughly to “stay in your f*cking house.” Below it the meme says, “un movimiento para parar el coronavirus,” or “a move to stop the coronavirus.” When a Facebook friend responded, “A bit harsh don’t you believe?” Moreno’s wife replied, “yup! And ppl still don’t listen.” She added, “Fresh air has done us some good. Its just out the front door for us now. Throw the ball around then back to hibernation. Doing our part.”
Eduardo Moreno Arrested
Moreno was arrested after the incident and charged with train wrecking, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Moreno was held overnight on local charges, and he was turned over to FBI agents this morning. Moreno is expected to make an initial appearance in federal court this afternoon,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday, April 1.
Eduardo Moreno Charges
Moreno was charged under “18 USC 1992: Wrecking trains,” which makes it a federal offense to wilfully derail or disable a train or engine used in interstate or foreign commerce by any railroad.
Eduardo Moreno Investigations
Eduardo Moreno, the train operator, was interviewed twice by FBI agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, who are leading the investigation, according to federal prosecutors. Moreno provided information about his motive and admitted to intentionally crashing the train, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Moreno told the agents he “did it,” according to prosecutors. He also said during the interview that he “was suspicious of the Mercy and believing it had an alternate purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover.” The train engineer told investigators he worked alone and did not pre-plan the “attempted attack.” Moreno said he knew it would bring media attention to the ship and said “people could see for themselves,” prosecutors said.
According to the press release, Moreno, in his second interview with the FBI, said his desire was to “wake people up,” and again said he thought the Naval hospital ship was “suspicious” and he doesn’t think “the ship is what they say it’s for.”
Eduardo Moreno Video
A video taken by a witness shows the aftermath of the train crash near the San Pedro shipyard. The man who recorded the video mistakenly thought the train had been stolen after seeing the destruction caused by the derailment. The video can be watched above.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, the crash was witnessed by a California Highway Patrol officer who then arrested Eduardo Moreno as he tried to flee from the scene. Federal prosecutors said:
The CHP officer who witnessed the crash reported seeing ‘the train smash into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smash into a steel barrier, smash into a chain-link fence, slide through a parking lot, slide across another lot filled with gravel, and smash into a second chain-link fence,’ according to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint. When the CHP officer contacted Moreno, he made a series of spontaneous statements, including, ‘You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.’
Federal prosecutors said Moreno was turned over by the CHP to the Los Angeles Port Police and was interviewed by officers with that department. He also allowed his home in San Pedro to be searched. “The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Port of Los Angeles Police are now leading the investigation,” prosecutors said in a press release.
According to prosecutors, “The Los Angeles Port Police reviewed video recorded from the locomotive’s cab, according to the affidavit. One video shows the train clearly moving at a high rate of speed before crashing through various barriers and coming into close proximity to three occupied vehicles. A second video shows Moreno in the cab holding a lighted flare.”
Wow 😯 Harbor area San Pedro waterfront someone stole a train 🚂 today pic.twitter.com/ZoezxJED6V
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