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Glendale man suspected of shining laser at a police helicopter

Glendale man suspected of shining laser at a police helicopter
In this 2013 file photo, a Glendale police officer pilots a helicopter shared between the Burbank and Glendale police departments. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

A Glendale man was arrested Friday evening after he allegedly shined a laser at a police helicopter, according to authorities.

The helicopter, shared between the Burbank and Glendale police departments, was flying over a hillside area in Burbank around 7:45 p.m. when a laser was reportedly pointed at the aircraft. Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department, said the helicopter crew determined the laser originated from an apartment building in the 700 block of East Cedar Avenue.

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Officers were sent to the area and encountered 32-year-old Narbeh Abedi. Green said Abedi admitted to officers he shined the laser at the helicopter, and police confiscated the device he used.

Abedi was arrested on suspicion of pointing a laser at an aircraft while in-flight.

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration, pointing a laser at a flying aircraft violates federal law because the light can distract or blind a pilot.

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