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Man with ‘anti-government views’ set fire to San Antonio cell phone tower, investigators say

SAN ANTONIO – An arrest has been made in connection with a West Side cell phone tower fire that occurred final May, in accordance to an arrest affidavit.

Coley Lane Dupre, 19, is accused of setting a cell phone tower on fire at 1818 Hunt Lane on May 24, 2021. Dupre was arrested on the arson cost Sunday.

The affidavit additionally named Sean Smith, 28, as a suspect within the case. Though he has not been formally charged with arson but, jail officers confirmed he’s being held with out bond on quite a few different fees in unrelated instances — together with weapon and drug possession fees alongside with one cost of tampering with proof.

Sean Smith, left, and Coley Dupre, proper, have been recognized as suspects in a May 2021 cell phone tower fire. (KSAT)

The suspects had been lately recognized after a witness advised a Texas Ranger investigator that her good friend, Smith, “possessed anti-government views” and was on a mission “to burn down 5G cell phone towers,” in accordance to an arrest affidavit.

Records present Smith was taken into custody later that day on excellent prison warrants.


Investigators then tracked down Dupre, who was proven surveillance photos of the fire.

Dupre confirmed that the 2 folks within the surveillance video had been her and Smith, in accordance to the affidavit.

Dupre advised investigators that she was the “lookout” whereas Smith, who wore an orange shirt and white arduous hat, torched the cell phone tower.

Smith is being held in Bexar County Jail with out bond. Dupre’s bail was set at $50,000, information present.

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