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A deputy assigned to the Perris Police Department arrested a 16-year-old boy for discharging a high power laser at a Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit Helicopter shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday, a Sheriff’s official reported.
The helicopter was on one of its standard runs when someone among a group of three juvenile boys pointed a high power green laser at it, illuminating the cockpit and temporarily blinding the helicopter crew’s Tactical Flight Officer (TFO), according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Report.
After shining the laser at the helicopter, the three boys fled to a storm drain near the intersection of Patriot Lane and Wilson Avenue in Perris, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Ralph Rico.
Meanwhile, the helicopter called for a nearby patrol officer to go to the suspects’ location.
A deputy arrived on scene less than minute later and apprehended the boys, two of whom were released to their parents. The third boy was found to be in possession of the laser and was arrested on violation of a penal code and booked at Riverside County Juvenile Hall in Riverside.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Grant from the Perris Sheriff’s Station at 951-210-1000.