Man suspected of illegally setting off D.C. fire hydrants arrested

(PHOTO: Eduardo Labanca)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A man suspected of illegally opening fire hydrants across the District over the past few days has been arrested.

Police say they arrested Neema Kordestani, 34, after six hydrants were set off in Northeast over the weekend. Kordestani was seen carrying a large wrench at the time of arrest, and police say he matched the suspect description.

One bystander recorded video of one of the incidents and you can see thousands of gallons of water gushing into the streets.

In one incident, police say the suspect was wearing a fake government uniform and used a wrench to turn on the hydrant.

“We’re very concerned by these acts of sabotage against our hydrants. It creates an instant public safety hazard and is against the law. We’re working closely with MPD to try and track down the culprit and stop this vandalism,” said Vincent Morris, a spokesperson for D.C. Water.

Kordestani is charged with violation of water regulations and obstruction a public road.

D.C. Water said they believe the same suspect opened all six hydrants, but police did not confirm how many hydrants Kordestani is accused of opening.