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Man allegedly flashes laser at private jet, and then police helicopter

March 30, 2012
(Times Community…)

The FBI is now investigating an incident in which an 18-year-old North Hollywood man allegedly pointed a laser at a private jet landing Thursday night at Bob Hope Airport, and then at the police helicopter sent to find him, officials said.

At about 8:45 p.m., the private jet pilot contacted airport police to report being “hit by a green laser twice on approach to the airport,” said Victor Gill, a spokesman for the airfield.

Police helicopters from Los Angeles and Pasadena were dispatched to investigate the incident, Gill said. When the man allegedly then beamed the laser at the Pasadena airship, “police zoomed in on him pretty quickly,” Gill added.

The man was arrested about 10:10 p.m. and the laser was recovered, Gill said.

No injuries or impacts to airport operations were reported.

Los Angeles Police Officer John Gallagher of the North Hollywood bureau confirmed the man was arrested, but could not provide further information on his identity, citing the FBI investigation.

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Pointing a laser at an aircraft or the path of an aircraft is now a federal crime and can fetch up to five years in prison.

-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin

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