Man ac­cused of point­ing laser at sher­iff's he­li­copter

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Local - By Linda Trischitta South Florida Sun Sen­tinel [email protected]­sen­tinel. com, 954-356-4233 or Twit­ter @Lin­daTrischitta

Broward Sher­iff’s deputy pilot Chris March­ese was on a night flight, help­ing deputies on the ground who were watch­ing a sus­pect’s car when sud­denly, he was blinded by a green laser beam.

March­ese re­cov­ered his vi­sion and had to re­ori­ent him­self and the air­craft about 11:45 p.m. Thurs­day.

And then the light beam blinded him again. Af­ter he re­cov­ered, it ap­peared yet again, with the same re­sult.

It wasn’t the first time March­ese, an ex­pe­ri­enced pilot, was the tar­get of some­one armed with a laser.

In 2014, a Co­conut Creek man was ar­rested af­ter po­lice said he pointed a laser at the he­li­copter March­ese was pi­lot­ing.

"Once it hits the win­dow, the whole cock­pit goes green," March­ese said then. "It got me in my right eye and one of my crew mem­bers got hit in the eye also."

In that case, March­ese could see where the laser was com­ing from and fol­lowed the sus­pect from the air.

On Thurs­day night, he was again able to di­rect deputies to a sus­pect’s lo­ca­tion, a home in Lauder­hill.

About 1:45 a.m. Fri­day, deputies ar­rested Rue­bin Ramoutar, 29, a pain­ter and fab­ri­ca­tor for his fa­ther’s com­pany.

Ramoutar ap­peared in court Fri­day and acted as his own at­tor­ney.

“The po­ten­tial harm his ac­tions could have caused speak for them­selves and causes me a great deal of con­cern,” Prose­cu­tor Eric Lin­der told Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mol­lica.

Ramoutar is fac­ing a charge of point­ing a laser light at a pilot, a felony of­fense.

Mol­lica set a $5,000 bond for Ramoutar and or­dered him to not pos­sess any laser light­ing de­vices.

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