Days before pilots in Houston reported being struck by lasers—by culprits who almost certainly will not be caught, much less charged with crimes—two men in Central California have separately been indicted for alleged laser strike incidents perpetrated in 2014 and 2015.
The two cases were filed in recent weeks, and they were indicted by grand juries on Thursday.
According to an FBI affidavit concerning one case, a nearby Kern County Sheriff’s Office Air-1 helicopter was flying above Bakersfield, California (110 miles northwest of Los Angeles) in January 2015 on routine evening patrol when the pilot and tactical officer were struck by a laser. As the helicopter moved around, the laser continued to track them. The officers used their night vision goggles and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera to track the man that fired the laser.