Thursday, March 03, 2016

2 Sacramento County men accused of pointing laser at California Highway Patrol aircraft

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —Two men were arrested for pointing a laser at a California Highway Patrol aircraft, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Haik Kurdoglanyan,25, and Artem Sargsyan, 34, were arrested Sunday after the CHP pilot reported being hit with a high–powered laser, the sheriff’s department said.

The pilot was flying over Bradshaw and Old Placerville roads Sunday night when the aircraft was stuck. The pilot was then able to lead deputies to the suspects.
The sheriff’s department said pointing a laser at an aircraft is a felony.

“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law,” FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division Assistant Director Ron Hosko said in a statement last year. “It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions.”

The FBI said pointing a laser at an aircraft can illuminate the cockpit, temporarily blinding the pilot.

“Those who have been subject to such attacks have described them as the equivalent of a camera flash going off in a pitch-black car at night,” the FBI said.

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