A Bronx man was arrested Monday night on charges of pointing a laser at "multiple aircraft" in the process of taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport, police said.
The NYPD said Frank Egan, 36, of 2801 Coddington Ave., was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, three counts of felony assault, two counts of menacing a police officer, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police said Egan admitted he was the owner of a laser recovered at his home -- and said he admitted to using it "that evening."
Two NYPD officers operating a helicopter assigned to search for a suspect in the reported laser incidents sustained eye injuries and were transported to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai, where they were treated and released, police said.
An Air Canada pilot was taken to a hospital in Toronto for treatment of his injuries. His condition was not immediately known Tuesday.
The search for a suspect began when the Federal Aviation Administration contacted the NYPD at 9:20 p.m., reporting "an individual pointing a laser at multiple aircraft attempting to both land and take off from LaGuardia Airport." The aviation unit was then assigned a search the area, and police said officers "observed an individual using a laser pointer" in the building where Egan was arrested.
Officers from the 45th Precinct made that arrest after, police said, the suspect's mother "invited them inside the apartment." The officers said they discovered the laser pointer, a "black tubular device labeled Laser 303," atop the refrigerator in the residence.
Questioned by officers, Egan admitted to owning and using the laser, police said.
It was not immediately clear what Air Canada flight was affected by the laser. It also was not clear how many aircraft are alleged to have been targeted by Egan.
Arraignment details were not immediately available.