Little Rock (FBI) - Randall C. Coleman, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the State of Arkansas, released the following additional information relating to the October 6 power line attack:
At approximately 7:20 am Sunday morning, October 6, 2013, officials with First Electric Cooperative reported a power outage which affected approximately 10,000 customers in the Cabot area. An inspection of two wooden power poles located near the 1400 block of Robin Road, behind the McBride Subdivision, revealed that they were intentionally cut.
The person or persons responsible for this incident took a tractor that had been parked inside a fenced area at the intersection of Poston Road and John Shelton Road, close to the Furlow community near Highway 294, and drove it through a locked cattle gate. We believe the person or persons drove the tractor south on John Shelton Road, then turned west on either Billy Lane or Phillips Road, then drove the tractor off road at County Road 466 and Phillips Road, following the cleared area of the power line to the wooded area where the poles are located. Our investigation has determined that this tractor was utilized to pull down one of the poles after the poles were cut.
This tractor, which is manufactured by Kershaw, has a glass cab and an extendable arm with a circular saw blade attached to the end to cut limbs. We are releasing a photograph of a similar tractor. We are asking anyone who lives, works, or otherwise traveled in this area between the hours of 6:00am and 7:20am on October 6, 2013, and may have seen someone operating this tractor or may have other helpful information, to contact us at 501-221-9100 or Little.Rock@ic.fbi.gov.