HENDERSON, Nev. -- A Henderson man was indicted by a federal grand jury for pointing a laser pointer at a Metro Police helicopter, said Daniel Bogden, the U.S. Attorney for Nevada.
James David Zipf, 30, is charged with six counts of aiming a laser pointer at the helicopter on six occasions during Jan. and Feb. 2014. If convicted, Zipf faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
"Congress enacted a new federal statute in 2012 dealing with laser strikes, which makes it a felony to knowingly target an aircraft with a laser," Bogden said.
Since the FBI and the FAA began tracking laser strikes in 2005, statistics show a 1,100 percent increase in people deliberately targeting aircraft. In 2013, there were 3,960 laser strikes reported.