Man Indicted for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter - 8 News NOW

Man Indicted for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

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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.

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