Man released to drug treatment after being charged with vandalizing Washington power substation

Assistant federal public defender Rebecca Fish said Greenwood was on a waitlist for sober and supportive housing.

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
One of the two men charged with attacking four power substations that knocked out power to over 30,000 Washington state residents on Christmas was released on Friday from federal custody to seek treatment for substance abuse.

US District Judge Robert J. Bryan granted Matthew Greenwood's release on an appearance bond, a promise to show up to future hearings and abide by the court’s conditions, including electronic monitoring and mandated drug treatment.

However, the 32-year-old’s attorney, assistant federal public defender Rebecca Fish said Greenwood was on a waitlist for sober and supportive housing, which he would enter following treatment.

Assistant US Attorney Todd Greenberg opposed Greenwood's release stating in court, "Is this someone the court can trust to be safe in this community? I think the answer to that is 'no.'"

Greenwood and Jeremy Crahan, both of Puyallup, have been charged with conspiracy to damage energy facilities. The two men have claimed they caused the damange in a botched attempt to rob a local store. Conspiracy to attack energy facilities is punishable by up to 20 years in jail.

The men told law enforcement they cut the power so they could rob a nearby business. Greenwood said in a post-Miranda statement to authorities that he broke into the facilities using bolt cutters provided by Crahan and that he acted as the getaway driver, according to court documents.

The Christmas attacks left approximately 30,000 people without power and will cost at least $3 million and will take approximately 36 months to repair.

Greenwood has also been charged with possession of a short-barreled rifle and short-barreled shotgun and faces an additional 10 years in prison for possession of an unregistered firearm.

As The Post Millennial has reported, Washington State over the last two years has seen a rise in violent crime while the Democrat controlled state has passed restrictive police reform bills in the wake of "defund the police." 

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