A Henderson man accused of aiming a laser pointer at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department helicopters on six occasions was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
James David Zipf, 30, is accused of pointing a laser at aircrafts between Jan. 30 and Feb. 12. He has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
"Congress enacted a new federal statute in 2012 dealing with laser strikes, which makes it a felony to knowingly target an aircraft with a laser. We have partnered with our local, state and federal law enforcement agents to catch individuals who are engaging in this dangerous behavior, which can disorient and temporarily blind a pilot," U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada Daniel G. Bogden said.
In 2013, there were 3,960 laser strikes reported nationwide, an average of nearly 11 incidents per day.
If convicted, Zipf faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
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