Two men, 15-year-old accused of shining laser into Lee sheriff’s chopper

Michael Braun
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

Two men and a 15-year-old were arrested Halloween night after being accused of shining a laser at a Lee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, the second such instance since Friday.

On Saturday, members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit were responding to a call on Arbor Avenue in the Buckingham section of east Lee County when a trick-or-treater shined a green laser light into the cockpit of the helicopter, according to reports.

Xavier Satchell, 18, and Adam Schlesier, 40, and the 15-year-old male were each charged with misuse of a laser, a third-degree felony.

Because of his age, The News-Press is not reporting the name of the 15-year-old suspect.

With the help of the chopper’s forward-looking infrared camera, the source of the laser was pinpointed.

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Aviation deputies observed three individuals walking through a neighborhood and intentionally pointing a laser at the helicopter, according to reports.

The three suspects were tracked to a driveway in the 6100 block of Arbor Avenue, where the Sheriff’s Office said they were trick-or-treating.

“I can’t begin to explain how dangerous it is to put our aviation crew members in jeopardy by pointing a laser light at their eyes,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “Any person who intentionally tries to harm my family members will go to jail.”

Previously: Lehigh man arrested, accused of shining laser into Lee sheriff’s helicopter

On Friday, a Lehigh Acres man was arrested after deputies said he pointed a laser at one of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopters.

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Man taken into custody shortly after laser is pointed at LCSO helicopter

On Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, a Lehigh man was arrested for shining a laser at an LCSO helicopter that was in the air.

Miguel Jimenez, 45, was taken into custody at his home in the 2000 block of East Eighth Street shortly after the incident, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

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“Our patrol and aviation units worked together to arrest four subjects for this crime in the last 72 hours. Those who want to play this game will find themselves in the Lee County Jail,” Marceno stated.

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