UPDATE: Arkansas man charged in connection with power grid sabotage

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The FBI has said investigators suggested the perpetrator in the August attack had “above-average” electrical skills.

In the August incident, someone attempted to use a cable to catch a moving train to bring down the tower, Entergy spokeswoman Julie Muntsell said. The perpetrator also removed bolts from the base of the 100-foot tower, contributing to its downfall, she said.

In the substation fire, the suspected arsonist left behind a message: “You should have expected U.S.” was inscribed on a control panel, the bureau reported.

The FBI said removing bolts from the tower “would have created substantial noise” during the early-morning incident, the FBI said in a written statement.

On October 5, power was knocked out to thousands of people after someone cut into, then used a tractor to pull down, two electrical poles in Cabot. The power lines were owned by First Electric Cooperative.



ARKANSAS-  A Jacksonville, Arkansas, man has been charged in connection with attacks on the power grid in a rural area of the state, the U.S. Justice Department said Saturday.

Jason Woodring, 37, was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with destruction of an energy facility, the Justice Department said.

Woodring is accused of carrying out multiple acts of sabotage, targeting high-voltage power lines and a substation over a period of months, that knocked out power to thousands, the agency said.

Authorities say a tractor was used Sunday to cut down two electric poles near Cabot, Arkansas.


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