A Bronx man was arrested on felony assault charges after pointing a laser at an Air Canada pilot trying to land at LaGuardia Airport and at two NYPD aviation officers searching for whoever shined the beacon at the jet, police said Tuesday.
Frank Egan, 36, of 2801 Coddington Ave., was 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.
Monday night, Egan pointed a laser from his apartment at the jet and the officers as they flew in an NYPD helicopter, police said. His apartment is about eight miles north of LaGuardia.PhotosRecent LI mug shotsDataLI crime stats
The Air Canada pilot was treated for an eye injury at a Toronto hospital and the two officers were taken to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai, where they were treated for eye injuries and released, police said.
The officers were searching the area after the Federal Aviation Administration told the NYPD about someone pointing a laser at aircraft attempting to land and take off from the airport, police said. They "observed an individual using a laser pointer inside of 2801 Coddington Avenue, Apartment 3," police said.
They alerted officers from the 45th Precinct who found a laser pointer atop a refrigerator in the residence after being invited in by Egan's mother, police said. Egan admitted he was the owner of the pointer and said he had to used it "that evening."
It was not clear how many aircraft police suspect Egan targeted. Tuesday night he was awaiting arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court, a spokeswoman said.