FBI Los Angeles
Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller
(310) 996-3343
April 2, 2024

FBI Offers $25,000 Reward, Seeks Information to Identify Party Responsible for Attack at Electrical Substation in Torrance

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or group responsible for an attack on an electrical substation in Torrance, California, in 2023.

On August 20, 2023, an unknown suspect or group attempted to destroy and cause a system failure of a Southern California Edison electrical substation by shooting one of the transformers and turning off various circuit breakers. The Southern California Edison substation is located at 21760 Madrona Avenue in Torrance, California.

No one was injured during the incident, but property was significantly damaged.

An individual suspected of being involved was described as male and wearing a tan overcoat with a hood, black pants, and boots. Photographs of this individual obtained from nearby surveillance cameras are being made available to the public.

If you have any information about the identity of the suspect or concerning this case, please contact the FBI's toll-free tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or group responsible for this attack. Information provided to the FBI will be kept confidential, and individuals can provide information anonymously.

Vandalizing or destroying electrical equipment can cause power outages, require costly repairs, and lead to serious physical injury or death. Each incident of tampering could constitute a felony charge, including federal charges for damaging interstate transmission lines.

The FBI and the Torrance Police Department are investigating this incident with the assistance and cooperation of Southern California Edison.