Suspect arrested for pointing laser light at LCSO chopper
“We will do whatever it takes to protect our aviation crew members,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “Jimenez put our flight crew in danger. I am thankful they were able safely complete their flight.”
On October 30, 2020, members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit were conducting patrol flights in the area of Lehigh Acres.
During the flight, crew members observed a green laser light illuminating the interior of the helicopter.
Our pilot quickly oriented the helicopter toward the direction of the laser, while our Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) searched for the exact location.
Utilizing the Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), crew members were able to locate and guide patrol deputies to 2001 E 8th Street.
Patrol deputies quickly responded to the residence and took Miguel Jimenez (H/M 1/18/1975) into custody.