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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 07:48 AM

Cops collar the nation's first cell tower terrorist accused of setting fire to two California sites

Cops collar the nation’s first cell tower terrorist accused of setting fire to two California sites
In Featured News by Wireless Estimator June 15, 2020



Bryan Uriel Guzman was arrested for setting fire to two cell towers in Fontana, California. The 60-foot monopole, at left, is owned by SBA Communications. SBA had a monopole in Tennessee that was set on fire on Dec. 5, 2019.

Police arrested a Riverside, California 27-year-old man last week for allegedly torching two cell towers in Fontana and trying to burn a third structure using “homemade incendiary devices”.

The Fontana Police Department said that Bryan Uriel Guzman was arrested on Thursday, June 11 and charged with arson to property, arson of structures and attempted arson.

Bail for Guzman was set at $250,000 pending his initial appearance in San Bernardino County Superior Court, scheduled for today.

Guzman is reportedly the first individual in the U.S. that has been arrested and charged with arson of a communications structure. The nation had been warned that on June 6 there was a possibility of anarchists destroying cell towers on Global 5G Protest Day.

Detectives believe Guzman acted alone, according to a press statement.

A search of social media could not immediately find Guzman active with any anti-5G groups that threatened to destroy towers.

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All Quiet on the Western Wireless Front as the infrastructure industry enjoys a peaceful weekend
In Featured News by Wireless EstimatorJune 8, 2020



This sparsely attended event in Los Angeles appeared to be the only organized protest in the U.S. during Global 5G Protest Day. As of 8:00 a.m. Monday, there were no reports of tower sites being vandalized.

Concerns about the possibility of Saturday’s Global 5G Protest Day bringing out anarchists bent upon setting fire to cell tower sites or vandalizing them in other manners were well-founded but failed to materialize this weekend.



A protest in Winnipeg, Canada drew about two dozen supporters

Picked up by major news outlets, Wireless Estimator first reported on Thursday that companies were taking the threats seriously and asked wireless workers to be vigilant due to possible attacks against the nation’s infrastructure.

The California Wireless Association informed its members of the increased traffic on social media indicating power and communication infrastructure might be targeted during the ongoing civil unrest.

The trade group also identified at least one protest that was planned on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.

However, that event which brought about three dozen interested spectators, proved to be very peaceful and was the only known gathering in the U.S.

In Winnipeg, Canada, about 24 spectators were at an anti-5G rally.

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FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson Jr. wrote an editorial in The Washington Post, stating “Conjectures about 5G’s effect on human health are long on panic and short on science.”

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