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Reward Offered for Attacks on Power Grid in Lonoke County

FBI and ATF have announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Message left at Keo fire
Message left at Keo fire


LITTLE ROCK, AR -– The FBI and the ATF announced a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for three incidents in Lonoke County

In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in Lonoke County.  

Fortunately, there were no injuries and no reported power outages. 

Investigation has determined that the fire, which consumed the control house at the substation, was intentionally set.  

The person or persons responsible for this incident inscribed a message on a metal control panel outside the substation which reads, “YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.” 

Ear on the morning of Sunday, October 6th, officials with First Electric Cooperative reported that two of its power poles located near the 1400 block of Robin Road, behind the McBride Subdivision in Lonoke County, were intentionally cut. 

A power outage resulted which affected approximately 10,000 customers in the Cabot area.  

The FBI, ATF, Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, and Cabot Police Department, in coordination with Entergy Arkansas and First Electric Cooperative, are investigating these incidents, including the possibility that they are related, and that they are related to the intentionally-downed high-voltage transmission line in Cabot on August 21, 2013.

The photo of an item recovered near the scene of the downed Cabot transmission line has also been released.

The image depicts a cable with an attached eyebolt that was connected to the tower by the subject in an attempt to utilize a moving train to bring down the tower.  

The diameter of this cable measures one-half inch, and the attached eyebolt is 15 inches long. 

Anyone who may have any information that might be related to these incidents to contact us at FBI’s Little Rock Field Office at (501) 221-9100 or Little.Rock@ic.fbi.gov. 
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