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Woman arrested, accused of pointing laser at sheriff's helicopter

September 24, 2011 |  9:58 pm

A 27-year-old Compton woman has been arrested for pointing a green laser beam at a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, authorities said Saturday.

Kimberly Rogers was arrested at her home in the 1700 block of West 153rd Street and accused of  discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft, Sgt. Morrie Zager said. She was being held at Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

A sheriff’s patrol helicopter was dispatched over Compton Friday night at the request of air traffic controllers, who reported that a commercial airliner had been struck by a laser while landing at Los Angeles International Airport, Zager said.

“Soon after arriving over Compton, the sheriff's helicopter crew was also struck by a laser beam,” Zager said.

The helicopter crew informed sheriff’s patrol deputies about 10:15 p.m. on Friday that a green laser beam had been pointed at them from a residence on 153rd Street, Lt. Art Chavez said. "The flight crew kept an eye on the home and directed patrol deputies to the origin of the laser beam," Chavez said.

Seven incidents in the last 12 months involving suspects accused of pointing laser beams at sheriff’s flight crew have resulted in five arrests, authorities said.

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