A spokesperson for the Southwest Detention Center confirmed two men were booked into their facility earlier this week after being accused of shooting a laser pointer beam at a helicopter.
The helicopter in question is owned and operated by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities say the helicopter had been deployed earlier in the night to help law enforcement with a ground investigation. But then, out of the middle of nowhere, a laser beam was pointed at the cockpit from below.
This type of action can often, at least temporarily blind the pilot, according to experts, which puts them and others at grave risk.
Deputies were able to quickly determine where the light was coming from and after a brief round of questioning, arrested and detained two male suspects.
Both men were booked into the Riverside County Jail and were charged with shooting a laser at an aircraft. Bail bonds for both men were set at $5,000. They have since been released from custody pending court.
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