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Virginia Woman Charged for Aiming Laser Pointer at Aircraft

On November 2, 2020, the USAO for the Eastern District of Virginia filed an information charging Amanda Robinson with aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft and at the flight path of the same aircraft.
 
On June 4, 2020, Robinson attended a demonstration in Richmond, Virginia, and used a laser pointer to illuminate a law enforcement aircraft flying overhead. Robinson struck the aircraft with the laser multiple times, causing the pilots to experience temporary blindness.
 
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Richmond Police Department, and the Henrico County Sheriff's Office.
 
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.