Chesapeake man arrested after city worker injured by rigged illegal water connection

John Cirillo

A Chesapeake man was arrested Tuesday after setting up a rigged illegal water connection that injured a city worker.

Search warrants say John Cirillo’s water was cut off by the City of Chesapeake for non-payment on April 2nd.

Public Utilities employees noticed a $8.54 consumption usage on their May 28th visit and noticed a garden hose attached to the meter.

When an employee tried to removed the hose, he was shocked by an electrical charge and required medical attention.

It turns out, the meter had been rigged with two batteries meant to cause harm.

Cirillo was charged with malicious wounding and obtaining water without paying. He remains in the Chesapeake City Jail.

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