A 24-year-old Auburn Hills man was arraigned Tuesday on charges related to cutting a land line and preventing about 600 residents from being able to use their phones to call emergency services.

Jordan John Bradford was charged by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office with malicious destruction of utility property, a felony punishable by up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

On Monday, Auburn Hills police responded to a report of a cut fiber optic wire belonging to AT&T and Comcast in the 600 block of South Squirrel Road. A Comcast crew found the pole-to-pole fiber optic wire laying on the ground, cut into two to 3-foot sections, police said. The damage to the wire would have prevented any of the area’s residents from calling 911.

An investigation led to the arrest of Bradford. He was arraigned Tuesday in the 52-3 District Court in Rochester before Magistrate Marie Soma. Bond was set at $5,000. A preliminary examination conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday before Judge Julie Nicholson.

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