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Suspicious Man Flees From San Jose PG&E Substation Previously Vandalized

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A police officer walks by an entrance to a PG&E substation in San Jose, May 22, 2012. (CBS)

A police officer walks by an entrance to a PG&E substation in San Jose, May 22, 2012. (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) - A suspicious man fled early Wednesday morning after he was spotted in a field near a PG&E transmission substation that was damaged by gunfire in a vandalism case last month, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman said.

A security guard with a flashlight saw the man standing in an open field off of Coyote Rancho Road, near the utility’s substation in the 100 block of Metcalf Road, at abut 3 a.m., sheriff’s Deputy Kurtis Stenderup said.

The suspect, described as a white man dressed in black clothing, ran away down Metcalf Road, Stenderup said.

The guard called the sheriff’s office, which dispatched eight units and set up a perimeter but was not able to locate the man, Stenderup said.

He did not appear to be a transient, and did not seem to be carrying anything with him, based on the security guard’s description, Stenderup said.

“It’s very odd why a person would be there at 3 a.m.,” Stenderup said. “It’s pure speculation on why that person was there.”

At about 1:45 a.m. on April 16, PG&E officials informed the sheriff’s office that the substation’s security fence near Metcalf Road and Monterey Highway had been breached.

A PG&E spokeswoman said someone had fired rifle shots at the substation, damaging several transformers and causing cooling oil to spill.

Around the same time as the gunfire, AT&T reported that someone had cut fiber optic cables in two locations along Monterey Highway.

The shooting and cut cables are still being investigated, Stenderup said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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