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Powerful laser pointed at Glendale police helicopter

August 16, 2011 | 10:24 am

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Glendale for allegedly flashing a high-powered blue laser twice at a police helicopter.

Avo Garabedian was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft after the aircrew spotted him and he tried to flee the scene, Sgt. Steve Robertson told the Glendale News-Press.

The incident was the first time an aircrew has been struck with a 1,000-milliwatt, blue light laser, which is significantly more powerful than a green laser, Robertson said.

Green lasers have been typically used in laser pointing incidents involving police helicopters.

“We look at this as an assault on our flight crew,” he said, adding that no one was injured in the incident.

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