November 15, 2018
Man Sentenced for Aiming Laser-Pointing Device at Aircraft
On November 15, 2018, Aaron D. Camarillo-Morales, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, to time served (58 days), $480.53 in restitution to Oklahoma City, and a $100 special assessment fee for aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, section 39A. He was then placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals for transfer to Immigration and Custom Enforcement for deportation proceedings. Camarillo-Morales pleaded guilty on October 31, 2018.
On the evening of September 18, 2018, Camarillo-Morales aimed a laser at an Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) Air Support Unit helicopter (Air 1) while it was in flight, temporarily blinding the pilot. The helicopter’s crew guided OCPD officers to a silver van occupied by Camarillo-Morales, who admitted that he’d aimed the laser and gave it to the officers.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with OCPD.