A 42-year-old Huntington Beach, CA, man was expected to make his first appearance in federal court Thursday on charges of pointing a laser at a Huntington Beach police helicopter pilot in July.
Brett Wayne Parkins was arrested Wednesday at his home following his indictment by a federal grand jury, according to the FBI. Parkins was originally charged in state court, but the Orange County District Attorney's Office dropped charges Oct. 5, KFI/CNS report.
When the incident occurred, the pilot managed to triangulate the location of the laser and saw a suspect retreat to his apartment, police said. When police searched the apartment they "found a green, high-powered laser,'' police said.
Another Orange County man was also facing charges of pointing a laser at a police helicopter. Eric Jayson Suarez, 47, of Santa Ana, was arrested Oct. 13, but agreed to plead guilty Oct. 26. He is accused of pointing a laser at an Orange County Sheriff's Department pilot on April 13, the FBI said.