Dallas Man Indicted for Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft
DALLAS—A federal grand jury has indicted Orlando Jose Chapa, 37, of Dallas on one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Special agents with the FBI arrested Chapa yesterday. He made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, who released him on bond.
According to the indictment, on or about May 30, 2015, in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, Chapa knowingly aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter and at the flight path of that aircraft.
A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury, and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the maximum statutory penalty for this offense is five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI, Texas DPS and the Dallas Police Department are investigating. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Burns is prosecuting.