A 19-year-old Glendale man was arrested late Friday after he allegedly flashed a green laser device at a police helicopter, officials said.
Narek Karapetyan was taken into custody about 11:15 p.m. at Glenwood Road and School Street after shining the laser twice at a Glendale and Burbank police aircrew, Sgt. Steve Robertson, the pilot, said.
The arrest is the second of its kind this month in Glendale, in addition to a similar incident in Burbank.
The FAA has logged 11 laser-pointing incidents for aircraft at or near Bob Hope Airport so far this year, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Shining a high-powered laser at an aircraft can damage a pilot’s eyes or cause temporary blindness. Local police aircrews have stepped up public education and tracking of suspects in response to the growing trend.
“I am not aware of any other police agency as successful as Glendale and Burbank in catching as many people who point lasers at an aircraft,” Gregor said.