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Man arrested for pointing laser at police helicopter

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Antonio Rodriguez Antonio Rodriguez
PHOENIX -

Phoenix Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who they say pointed a green laser at a police helicopter Tuesday night.

The chopper was on patrol in the area of 48th St and Thomas Road when it was hit with a green laser from an apartment complex below. Two officers were on board. They called for ground units, and focused their spotlight on the suspect, obtaining a description.

Officers eventually made contact with the suspect after knocking on one of the apartments.

Antonio Rodriguez immediately apologized and said he didn't know he couldn't point the laser at them. He was arrested on two counts of endangerment.

Lasers can temporarily blind pilots, which is a danger to public safety.

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