FBI offering $20,000 for information leading to arrest in power line investigation | News
CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The FBI is offering up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Cabot power line investigation after authorities found someone messed with the 100-foot structure.
"We feel like someone may have seen someone preparing for this incident, we also encourage everybody that has photographs of that area in the recent weeks or if anyone has any information they've seen on social media to report that information to us," said FBI agent Kimberly Brunell.
Special agent in charge Randall Coleman said the FBI is offering a reward up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the incident.
He said a high-voltage transmission line on Highway 321 was intentionally downed on Aug. 21. While Wednesday night, authorities said the cable looked as though the cable had been sawed through, the FBI is now saying that a cable was attached to framework of the 100-foot tower and stretched across the railroad track in order to get a train to bring the tower down.
No one was injured during all of this, but the tower nearly coming down posed a threat to the entire community.
Coleman said he believes that the person or people responsible are very familiar with the Holland Bottoms area and has an above average knowledge of electrical work.
Rumors moved across Cabot as fast as the passing traffic on Highway 321 after the power line went down.
"It's crazy; I mean you never hear of anything happening like that in Cabot," said Becky Rummel of Cabot.
Rummel took an afternoon pit stop and told THV11 the questions never end surrounding the odd incident.
"I mean if they can do that, they can do anything. It's crazy," said Rummel.
Sally Graham with Entergy Arkansas said customers were not seriously impacted by the incident, and they are working to find answers.
"As our folks were on the ground assessing the situation, it was determined that, along with local law enforcement that the FBI would be involved in the investigation," said Graham. "At some point the shackle that holds the insulators holding the high voltage power line was severed."
For now the downed line has the typically quiet town of Cabot scratching their heads.
"I mean to get the FBI involved, you know somebody done something," said Rummel.
The FBI continues to ask for the public's help on this case. Anyone with information is urged to call the Little Rock Field Office at (501) 221-9100.