Two Alice Men Arrested for Aiming Las...

Two Alice Men Arrested for Aiming Laser Pointer at Helicopter

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yikes

Portland, TX

#1 Apr 2, 2013
4/2/2013 10:17:00 AM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Joshua Nathaniel Vela and Jon David Lopez, both 21 and from Alice, have been arrested following the return of a two separate indictments alleging felony charges of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced Monday.

The indictments were returned on March 27, 2013, and both defendants surrendered to the FBI today. Lopez was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Owsley who ordered he be detained pending a detention hearing set for April 4, 2013, while Vela appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington and was released on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. Vela and Lopez are both set for arraignment on April 4, 2013, in Corpus Christi.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 27, 2012, each knowingly aimed the beam of a laser pointer at the Halo Flight helicopter "Halo Three" while the aircraft was in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

In response to a growing number of incidents of pilots being distracted or even temporarily blinded by laser beams, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which specifically prohibited aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

If convicted, Vela and Lopez each face up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

The cases were investigated by the FBI with the assistance of Robstown Police Department. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. Press Release by United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of Texas
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United States

#2 Apr 2, 2013
Glad to hear they are being prosecuted. This sort of thing puts peoples lives in danger. Were they not aware of the consequences? This action could have ended in tragedy for the Halo flight crew.
wawawawa

Edroy, TX

#3 Apr 2, 2013
looks like they wont gewt one of them toys where they are going,should have known better,hell give em 20 years,thats enough to keep em outa trouble,think of the lives endangered by this stunt,know the law,CANT BE DOING THIS
just reading

Alice, TX

#4 Apr 2, 2013
wawawawa wrote:
looks like they wont gewt one of them toys where they are going,should have known better,hell give em 20 years,thats enough to keep em outa trouble,think of the lives endangered by this stunt,know the law,CANT BE DOING THIS
Bet theyll get probation!
Hmm

Alice, TX

#5 Apr 3, 2013
They will get probation
ahsprobablybest

Alice, TX

#6 Apr 4, 2013
Joshua has the fbi coming to his house regularly for at least two months.
Big Brother

Banquete, TX

#7 Apr 5, 2013
With all the killings of District attorney's and all the problems this country is facing we have United States resources being spent on this crap. This is a frivolous attempt by the United States Government to make an example of two kids. Shame on them call them and tell them to go catch real threats against our country. Our government picking on two kids.
oh no

Portland, TX

#8 Apr 5, 2013
Big Brother wrote:
With all the killings of District attorney's and all the problems this country is facing we have United States resources being spent on this crap. This is a frivolous attempt by the United States Government to make an example of two kids. Shame on them call them and tell them to go catch real threats against our country. Our government picking on two kids.
This is anything but frivolous. These "kids" as you say could have caused a death simply because they wanted to be messing around. There have been many incidents where the a pilot has had their eye pupils burned because of the lasers being pointed up at them. This is anything but a laughing matter or something that should be swept under the rug. Oh and by the way, they are ADULT MEN, not kids and SHOULD KNOW BETTER. Just because they continue to ACT like KIDS doesn't make them kids.

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