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Police arrest 7 for allegedly aiming laser pointers at helicopters

The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that at least seven people were arrested for allegedly shining lasers at police helicopters during street takeover events over the past two months.

Of the seven arrestees, police only identified Xavier Randal, 21, who was arrested on July 2. He was booked for one count of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and a second, unspecified charge.

The six others who were arrested are facing similar criminal charges, according to the LAPD.

Police reported most of the arrests took place at street takeovers, and that there “has been a significant increase in the number of arrests” related to shining lasers at aircraft.

“The laser strikes present a serious risk of injury to the pilots and crew of the aircraft, ” the LAPD said. “The attack has its own penal code section created for it due to the risk to the general public caused by an incapacitated or blinded pilot. This section carries a maximum term in state prison of three years.”

Anyone with further information on individuals pointing lasers at aircraft were asked to contact the LAPD Major Crimes Division at 213-486-7280. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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