Cops: 3 Nabbed After Pointing Laser At Police Helicopter

CHICAGO (STMW) — Police flying in a helicopter alerted officers on the ground who apprehended three north suburban men after they allegedly pointed a laser at the aircraft while on top of a building Saturday night in Old Town, police said.

The incident happened about 9:50 p.m. when police in a helicopter were passing over the 400 block of West Menomonee Street, police said.

The pilots noticed a beam of light shining into the cockpit and the flight crew, comprised of Chicago Police and Cook County Sheriff’s police, determined the originating location of the laser, police said.

They directed ground units from the Near North District to the suspects’ whereabouts — on the roof of a building at 450 N. Menomonee St. — and they were arrested at 10 p.m., police said.

Alvin Kang, 25, of 3644 Heritage Dr. in Northbrook, Mark Lawrence, 25, of 46 Hibbard Rd. in Winnetka, and Jeremy Smith, 24, of 9734 Keystone Rd. in Skokie were charged with two misdemeanor counts each of unlawful use of a weapon, aiming a laser pointer at an officer, police said.

Kang had an additional charge of violation of bail bond, stemming from a battery on the Near North Side on June 4, according to police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez, who said Kang was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Sunday.

At 2 a.m. Kang was seen arguing with a woman near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Orleans Street. When Kang left the scene momentarily, the 27-year-old man who saw the dispute approached to check on the woman’s well-being, Perez said.

“Kang came back and punched him in the face,’’ said Perez.

The victim was not hospitalized but Kang was charged with battery, according to Perez.

A laser pointer was recovered from the scene.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • R.e.Johnson

    One more reason to ban suburbanites.

  • chicagosports

    Ages 24 and 25….hmm, you would think children would be pulling a prank like that. I’ll bet those children were surprised when they were caught.

    Trying to blind the helicopter pilot so the copter would crash.

    And all these children get is a slap on the wrist. Mayor Rahm & McCarthy should look into tightening up that law.

  • Scott Pittman

    unreal, typical north shore dummys who have yet to be weened from mommy and the silver spoon still firmly entrenched in their mouths!!!

  • dale lavetz

    Heard they spent the earlier part of the evening on the 2nd floor of the Bijou

  • Charles Ian Ezaki

    Lets point a laser pointer at a helicopter! Yeah, no way we will get caught! There is one with two stars on it!

  • Roberta Waker

    Were these people drunk or just stupid? If their laser hit an airplane with hundreds of people and blinded the pilot; they could have killed all of the passengers. Hope they go to jail for at least 30 days to sober up.

  • loo

    Loser North Shore rich kids-let me guess…………………….their parents have LOADS of money to bail them out, but these “children” have this deep seated need to be “rebellious”-while STILL being “bailed out” on mommy’s dime. As IF they didn’t know better- what happened to their “intelligence”?

  • Centurion

    It seems minor, but in LA, those laser pointers are usually attached to an AK-47…and attached to the AK is a BLOOD or a CRIP!

    Did you know, if the BLOODS AND CRIPS move south of the border they would become a CARTEL.

  • Pothead

    Mensa Soceity members without a doubt.

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