In San Antonio today, a federal indictment was unsealed charging 37–year-old Justin John Shorey of Schertz, TX, with aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
The indictment alleges that on February 17, 2019, Shorey knowingly aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a San Antonio Police Department helicopter and the flight path thereof. Federal authorities arrested Shorey without incident late Friday.
“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is incredibly dangerous. We won’t hesitate to hold anyone who engages in that reprehensible behavior fully accountable,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.
“The actions of this defendant was not just a safety concern for the officers in the aircraft, but it also put the public in significant danger. We are pleased that the defendant will be held accountable for his dangerous actions,” stated Chief McManus
Upon conviction, the defendant faces up to five years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.
If you have information about a lasing incident, contact the San Antonio FBI at 210-225-6741. If you see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call the nearest local law enforcement agency immediately by dialing 911. Tips can also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov.
This indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by FBI agents together with the San Antonio Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg and William R. Harris are prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
It is important to note that a complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.