VICTORVILLE – A 33-year-old man was arrested for discharging a laser at a sheriff’s helicopter in the City of Victorville.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at around 11:30 p.m. the Sheriff’s helicopter (40King3) was on patrol over the City of Hesperia. While on patrol the crew was struck multiple times by a green laser. In order to locate the person discharging the laser, the crew used their FLIR (Forward-looking infrared) camera. The subject, later identified as James Trujillo, was located under the Roy Rogers bridge, along with the 15 freeway.
Victorville Station deputies responded to the area to detain the suspect, who was found to be in possession of the laser. Trujillo was arrested for Discharge Laser at Aircraft and was booked into the High Desert Detention Center. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Monday, June 11, 2018. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) also received multiple calls from motorists driving on the freeway who reported that the green laser was being pointed at oncoming vehicles.
“The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public that pointing any kind of laser at an aircraft, while in motion/flight can seriously hinder the pilot’s ability to control the aircraft safely,” Sheriff’s officials reminded. “It is also a Felony and a Federal Offense.”
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