FBI Offers $20k Reward for Information into Cut Power Line in Cabot

LITTLE ROCK, AR (news release) — Randall C. Coleman, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the State of Arkansas, announced that the FBI is offering a reward up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the following incident:

As the Cabot community is aware, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, a high-voltage transmission line in the Holland Bottoms area, on Arkansas Highway 321 near a Union Pacific railroad track, was intentionally downed. The FBI, Cabot Police Department, and Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with officials with Entergy Arkansas and Union Pacific Railroad, continue to investigate this incident. The investigation has determined that the person(s) responsible attached a cable to the framework of the 100 foot tower, and placed the cable across the railroad track in an apparent attempt to utilize a moving train to bring down the tower.  Although no injuries resulted from this act, the placement of the line created a risk to the community and to the trains using the track.

We believe that someone may have seen a person(s) or vehicle(s) in the area during the early morning hours of August 21, 2013, or may have heard someone removing bolts from the base of the tower, as this act would have created substantial noise.  We believe the person(s) responsible is familiar with the Holland Bottoms area. This person(s) may also possess above-average knowledge or skill in electrical matters.

We are asking for anyone who may have any information that might be related to this matter to contact us at FBI’s Little Rock Field Office at (501) 221-9100 or Little.Rock@ic.fbi.gov.

We emphasize that regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, or whether you think we already are aware of it, we want to hear your information. Sometimes even the most minor detail can assist investigators and public safety officials. We encourage anyone who may have photographs or video of this area to share that information with us.

We remind the public of the reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this incident.

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