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Police locate child suspected of shining laser at law enforcement airplane

Police locate child suspected of shining laser at law enforcement airplane (Oregon State Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. – While searching for stolen vehicle suspects in southeast Portland, police say someone shined a laser at an airplane assisting ground patrols Monday night.

Portland police said they were assisting Oregon State Police on a stolen car situation where the suspects ran away. They were searching in the area of SE 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

During the search, police said someone shined a laser at their airplane several times.

Patrols searched for the source of the laser near Southeast 90th Place and Victor Lane and eventually located a 12-year-old child as the suspect. They said the child was not related to the stolen vehicle suspects.

Police said the child was playing with the laser. They contacted the child's family who cooperated and apologized. Police confiscated the laser as evidence.

Police remind the public that shining a laser at any aircraft violates laws and is extremely dangerous.

They said the child will be referred to the Multnomah Juvenile Department.


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