Long Beach man arrested for shining lasers at planes

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Long Beach man arrested for allegedly shining lasers at planes


Long Beach man arrested for allegedly shining lasers at planes

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Long Beach police have arrested a 46-year-old man for aiming a laser at passing aircraft, including a police helicopter.

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The laser Mark Allen Barger reportedly pointed at pilots.

LBPD


On January 18, detectives and FBI agents arrested Long Beach resident Mark Allen Barger outside his residence in the 1600 block of Silva Street. They claimed to have witnessed a high-powered laser being shined at LBPD’s “TSTIME” helicopter on multiple occasions.

According to police, Barger has been doing this with commercial and private jets near Long Beach Airport for nearly a year. They think he went so far as to anticipate the arrival of planes and deliberately aimed his laser into the cockpit of those planes.

Bargers has been charged with a felony of firing a laser at an occupied aircraft. He is also charged with violating his parole and is being held without bail.

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