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FBI: $20,000 reward available for information about downed power line

Photo by Ed Galucki
Photo by Ed Galucki

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward to the public for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a downed power line Wednesday on Arkansas 321 east of Cabot.

Officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a downed high-tension transmission line in the Holland Bottoms area on Arkansas 321 where it 321 crosses a Union Pacific railroad track, according to a press release from Randall C. Coleman, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the State of Arkansas. As a result, a section of Arkansas 321 from Kerr Station Road to Lakewood Subdivision was closed to traffic. No power outages were reported.

Inspection of the line indicated that it was intentionally cut, according to the release. Law enforcement believe the act created substantial noise, and that those responsible were familiar with the Holland Bottoms area and possess above-average knowledge or skill in electrical matters.

“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,” according to the press release. “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.”

The FBI, Cabot Police Department and Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this incident and are seeking assistance from local members of the community.

They are asking for 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 believe that someone may have seen a person(s) or vehicle(s) in the area during the early morning hours of August 21, 2013.

“Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, please let us assess the relevance of your tip. Sometimes even the most minor detail can assist investigators and public safety officials,” according to the press release. “We encourage anyone who may have photographs or video of this area to share that information with us.”

Also contact the Cabot police at (501) 843-6526 or the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office at (501) 676-3001.

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