Annandale man arrested after pointing laser at Fairfax County police helicopter

Authorities have arrested and charged a man for pointing a laser at a Fairfax County police helicopter. 

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Elia Massis of Annandale. Massis has been arrested and charged with one count of interfering with the operation of an aircraft and one count of pointing a laser pointer at a law enforcement officer. He has since been released on an unsecured bond.

Officers arrived in the area of the 4100 blk of Medford Drive in Annandale, in response to a subject that was pointing a laser pointer at our helicopter on March 13 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Officials say the helicopter was circling the area in reference to an unrelated burglary investigation when it was struck with a laser. The flight crew directed officers to the location and identified the man responsible for pointing the laser.


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