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Man accused of pointing laser at Phoenix PD chopper

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Brandon Bebec allegedly pointed a green laser light at the pilots of a Phoenix Police Department helicopter Tuesday night. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Brandon Bebec allegedly pointed a green laser light at the pilots of a Phoenix Police Department helicopter Tuesday night. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police arrested a 36-year-old Phoenix man after he allegedly pointed a green laser light at the pilots of a Phoenix Police Department helicopter Tuesday night.

The helicopter was patrolling over the Pointe Hilton-Tapatio Cliffs resort at 11111 N. 7th St. about 9:45 p.m. when the cockpit of the aircraft was struck by a green laser light, said Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.

The officers on board, a 45-year-old pilot and a 43-year-old observer, shined the aircraft spotlight on a hill just north of the resort and were able to see a man standing alone, Holmes said.

The officers alerted resort security and directed the suspect, later identified as Edward Bebec, with their PA system to walk off the hill, Holmes said.

Pointe Hilton security detained Bebec until Phoenix police officers arrived, Holmes said.

Officers found a small, high intensity hand-held laser that emitted a green light near on the hill near where Bebec was standing, Holmes said.

Bebec was booked into jail on two counts of felony endangerment.

Holmes said pointing a laser at an aircraft is not only against the law, but incredibly dangerous and temporary or permanent eye damage could occur.

Pilots also could lose control of their aircraft, Holmes said.

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