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Denver Man Indicted for Aiming Laser Pointer at Police Helicopter

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Josefat Alejandro Marmolejo-Lucio, age 27, of Denver, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a single count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.  According to the indictment, on October 5, 2023, the Defendant knowingly aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a helicopter, “Air 1,” operated by the Denver Police Department.

The Defendant had his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak on January 24, 2024.

This case is being investigated by the FBI.  Assistant United States Attorney Cyrus Chung is handling the prosecution.

The charge in the indictment is an allegation and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Case Number:  24-cr-00010-RMR

Updated January 25, 2024

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