GWINNETT COUNTY, GA– The Gwinnett County Police Department has arrested Aurelio Angeles Bautista, 36, of Dalton, after he pointed a green laser at the police helicopter flying in Pleasant Hill Road and Satellite Boulevard.
On July 22, 2023, the air unit was conducting an air security check when they were hit by a green laser pointed at the cockpit. The helicopter’s flight crew was able to pinpoint the origin location of the laser and directed officers to contact two individuals at the location.
After investigating, Bautista was arrested for Pointing a Laser at an Aircraft and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail. This case will be referred to the FAA and the FBI Atlanta Office for follow-up.
Authorities said thatpPointing a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous because it can hinder the pilot’s ability to handle aircraft and interfere with onboard equipment. This activity is illegal due to the potential harm it can do to the pilots, the aircraft, and the general public, the Police Department said in a press release.