Man cuffed, released over cut internet cable

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:30 am

by Ryan Brady, Associate Editor

After being arrested and then quickly released, a Wantagh, LI man is not facing any charges over the cutting of a fiber optic cable in late June that caused an internet outage. Around 60,000 Spectrum customers in central Queens neighborhoods lost service.

His July 12 arrest is now sealed, according to the NYPD. The charge was for criminal mischief.

The office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said it is “declining to prosecute” the man “pending further investigation.”

Police declined to say whether they are still investigating the case, referring all questions to the DA’s office.

The man who was arrested is a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, which has been striking in recent months against the company that runs Spectrum, Charter Communications. The union has denied that it was responsible for the outage-causing vandalism.

“This is a law enforcement decision and we will comply with the investigation,” Charter spokesman John Bonomo told the Chronicle.

A business representative for the union did not immediately return a request for comment.

Associate Editor Anthony O’Reilly contributed to this story.

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