Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cape Coral, Florida: Suspect allegedly shines laser at commercial aircraft pilot

Stephen Plock


Cape Coral police officers arrested a man for pointing a laser at a pilot over the weekend. 

Officers were dispatched to a home on the 3000 block of SW 26th Court in reference to a complaint of an unknown subject pointing a laser at an aircraft Saturday night.

Officer say a laser was pointed at a commercial aircraft which was inbound to Southwest Florida International Airport. While responding to the complaint, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit said three people were outside a residence and had also pointed a laser at the unit's chopper.

Cape Coral Police Department officers then responded to the home and began questioning the subjects.

Initially, the suspect, later identified as Stephen Plock, told officers he wasn't aware of a laser at the home. The officer asked him if his nephew and son were playing with a laser -- to which Plock responded that he would ask them.

When questing Plock's nephew, he told the officer "uncle Stephen came out and began using a laser," according to reports.

Plock later admitted to pointing the laser at telephone poles and houses, and later added he had also pointed it toward the sky.

He was arrested and charged with pointing a laser at a driver or pilot.