Police say ex-AT&T employee tried to blow up Mississippi cell tower

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, September 16, 2021

A Mississippi man has been arrested after law enforcement investigators believe he tried to blow up an AT&T cell phone 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 Sheriff’s Office deputies.

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 who 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.