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LITTLE ROCK — 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 seeking information related to the following incident:

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a downed high-tension transmission line on Arkansas Highway 321 east of Cabot, Arkansas, where Highway 321 crosses a Union Pacific railroad track. As a result, a section of Highway 321 from Kerr Station Road to Lakewood Subdivision was closed to traffic. No power outages were reported.

According to the FBI, inspection of the line indicated that it was intentionally cut. It is believed that the person(s) responsible climbed the 100 foot tower, severed the line with a saw or similar object, and removed several bolts at the base of the tower. Although no injuries resulted from this incident, this act created a potential danger to the community.

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.

The FBI is asking for any information that might be related to this matter to contact FBI’s Little Rock field office at 501-221-9100 or via e-mail at 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,” the FBI report said. “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.”

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

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