Targeted explosives used to damage Mississippi cell phone tower. Arrest made in connection with incident.

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021

A Mississippi man has been arrested for allegedly using a targeted explosive to damage a cellphone tower.

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a cell tower on Clem Road last Wednesday night after workers reported abnormal damage to the tower that caused an outage.

Several days later, Victor Schexnayder, 48, of Prentiss, was arrested by Jefferson Davis County deputies.

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According to authorities, Schexnayder utilized a targeted explosive in order to damage a telecommunications device tower owned and operated by AT&T.

Multiple sources say Schexnayder was a former employee and was recently separated from AT&T.

“At this point, we do not suspect this is related in any way to an act of terrorism,” said ATF South Mississippi Resident Agent in Charge Jason Denham.

Schexnayder was charged with felony malicious mischief and booked into the Jefferson Davis County Jail.

The ATF is partnering jointly with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department to pursue federal prosecution for this crime.