Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Man arrested, accused of pointing ‘high-powered’ laser at aircraft flying over Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — Long Beach police, with help from the FBI, arrested a man accused of aiming a “high power” laser at multiple planes for nearly a year.

Mark Allen Barger, 46, allegedly aimed the laser at the Long Beach Police Department helicopter, airliners and private planes near Long Beach Airport.

Police said he was expecting planes to arrive and aimed the laser at their cockpits.

His arrest came after police narrowed down the location of the laser.

Detectives and the FBI conducted an operation on January 18 during which they allegedly saw Barger exit his home on the 1600 block of Silva Street. According to the LBPD, Barger was seen several times aiming the laser at the police helicopter.

Barger was arrested and arrested for a criminal discharge of a laser on an occupied plane and a parole violation, police said. He is being held without bail.

Long Beach Police said pointing lasers at aircraft is a serious offense and could result in state or federal charges.

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