BURBANK — A 30-year-old Burbank man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly pointed a laser at a Glendale police helicopter crew as they were preparing to land at Bob Hope Airport.
Rafael Torosyan was arrested on suspicion of discharging a laser at an aircraft, Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen said.
He allegedly flashed the laser at the Glendale air crew four times before he was followed and eventually arrested, police said.
The air crew had just completed a patrol of the skies and were returning to the airport about 10 p.m. when a green light suddenly lit up the helicopter’s cockpit, police said.
The crew quickly notified the airport of the laser incident and began searching for the light source, he said.
But as they turned the aircraft around to investigate the incident, they were struck again, police said.
“That essentially destroys your night vision,” said Glendale Police Sgt. Steve Robertson of the Joint Air Support Unit.