Video captures man pointing laser at NYPD helicopter

Police in New York and the FBI are looking for the man who aimed a laser at an NYPD helicopter as it flew over Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.

Police released a video of the incident that happened on June 20 at about 7:15 p.m. in the area of 75 Battery Place.  A protest march was being held in the area at the time of the incident.

The man, wearing what appears to be a gas mask, is seen standing behind a tree and pointing the red laser beam at the helicopter. Laser beams can temporarily blind the pilot creating a potentially dangerous situation.

The man, who was also carrying a small, pink backpack, casually walked away after pointing the laser.

The crime is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, or both.

Anyone who recognizes the man is encouraged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or the FBI's New York Field Office at 1-800-CALL-FBI.  Authorities say callers can remain anonymous.


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