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Long Island man arrested after pointing laser at Army National Guard helicopter: police

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 10:22:58-04

MOUNT SINAI, Long Island — A man was arrested Wednesday after he pointed a laser at an Army helicopter flying over Long Island, Suffolk County Police said.

The town of Islip notified 911 Wednesday night that a laser had been directed at an Army National Guard helicopter about 10 miles northeast of MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma about 9:45 p.m., authorities said.

A Police Aviation Section helicopter responded to the area and determined the exact address the laser had originated from, a residential home in Mount Sinai, police said.

Officers then headed to the home and arrested Robert Simione, 72, who is expected to be charged with reckless endangerment, according to police.

Authorities said Simione will be arraigned at a later date.