Florida Resident Sentenced for Pointing Laser at Police and Military Helicopters
On October 20, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sentenced Patrick Longsworth to 24 months of incarceration, 36 months of supervised release, and a $300 assessment. Longsworth was convicted of pointing a laser at U.S. Coast Guard and Miami Dade Police helicopters on June 21, 2023.
The investigation revealed that Longsworth pointed a laser at U.S. Coast Guard and Miami Dade Police helicopters on multiple occasions, endangering the lives of police officers, military service members, and the public. Longsworth debated buying a larger laser to point at aircraft flying over Longsworth’s residence and informed law enforcement officers of this intention.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service with assistance from the Miami Dade Police Department and FAA.