(NewsReady.com) – In recent months, suspects have carried out a number of attacks on electrical substations across the country. Thousands of people have been plunged into darkness as a result. In one instance, a suspect is accused of destroying equipment at a solar energy plant. The FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are investigating it as a terrorist attack.
On January 4, at about 11:30 a.m., employees at the plant called the police to report a smoldering car in a generator pit. Police later identified 34-year-old Mohammad Mesmarian as the suspect. CBS’ “8 News Now” reported law enforcement is accusing him of ramming his car through a fence at the facility the previous night.
After breaking into the facility, police said Mesmarian was there until midnight. At one point, recordings showed him lighting his car on fire and watching it burn for about 15 minutes. He then walked away from the wreckage.
A judge ordered a competency evaluation on Tuesday for a man facing a terrorism charge after police said he set a car on fire at the MGM Mega Solar Array facility.https://t.co/FY6FbhU6xc
— Las Vegas Review-Journal (@reviewjournal) January 10, 2023
Invenergy, the Chicago-based owner and operator of the facility, emailed the Las Vegas Review-Journal and said the plant was shut down as soon as the incident was discovered. Nobody suffered any injuries in the attack, “and the facility is expected to be fully operational” now.
Police have also revealed the suspect allegedly admitted to burning his Toyota Camry at a Tesla solar plant. Mesmarian reportedly told law enforcement he did it “for the future.”
The police found the suspect at a campground about 30 miles away from the scene of the Vegas attack. Authorities are treating the case as an act of terrorism. He is facing charges of arson, escape by a felony prisoner, terrorism, and destroying or injuring real or personal property belonging to someone else.
National news outlets have not widely reported on these events. It’s not yet clear how much money it will cost to fix the damage to the solar facility.
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