Jacksonville man arrested on recent attacks on power grid

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; and James Hendricks, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); announced today that Jason Woodring, age 37, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, was arrested on a Criminal Complaint charging him with destruction of an energy facility. 

The Affidavit filed with the Complaint alleges that Woodring is responsible for multiple acts of sabotage to the power grid in Central Arkansas.  Yesterday, Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office deputies received multiple calls regarding an explosion on John Shelton Road in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  Deputies and Entergy employees determined the explosion occurred under power lines near Woodring’s residence.  Agents from the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force called to the scene, observed a type of blue hose similar to evidence found at another power grid sabotage scene.  Interviews were conducted and information from these interviews was connected to previous power grid attacks resulting in the arrest of Woodring today.  It is anticipated that an initial appearance in federal court will be scheduled for Tuesday. 

“The citizens of Central Arkansas can rest a bit easier today with the arrest of Jason Woodring,” stated Thyer.  “The power grid attacks had the potential to put many lives at risk.  When we depend on electrical power not only for comfort and convenience, but also for safety, security and life-sustaining equipment, not knowing where the next attack would occur held the public hostage to an unknown attacker.  I am extremely grateful to all the investigators from the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Union Pacific Police, Entergy, First Electric, Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, Cabot Police, Arkansas State Police, Conway Police Department, Little Rock Police Department and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for their commitment to this investigation these past few months.” 

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