Man arrested, accused of pointing laser at San Diego police helicopter

Posted at 6:39 AM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 16:40:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A man was arrested late Tuesday night on suspicion of pointing a laser at a San Diego police helicopter.

At around 11 p.m., police said someone was shining a purple-like laser at the department’s ABLE helicopter from somewhere on Fiesta Island.

ABLE located 32-year-old Robert Silva and officers on the ground arrested him next to his vehicle. Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a felony that could lead to five years in prison.

10News learned Silva faces a charge of discharging of a laser at an aircraft.

As recently as three years ago, San Diego was named by the FBI as one of the worst cities in the U.S. for laser strikes against aircraft.