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Virginia Woman Pleads Guilty to Aiming Laser Pointer at Police Aircraft

On November 23, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Amanda Robinson pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a police aircraft.
The investigation revealed that 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 Police Division.