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Man arrested for pointing laser at Indian River Co. sheriff's helicopter

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 09:02:55-05

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- A Fort Pierce man was arrested in Indian River County and charged with misuse of a laser lighting device after he apparently pointed it at a law enforcement helicopter.

The Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit was assisting road patrol deputies looking for a missing person late Thursday night when the helicopter was struck three times with a laser.

Deputies found the suspect, Robert Chester Frankum, 40, on the front porch of a home near Vero Beach still holding the laser.

Frankum was arrested and charged with misuse of laser lighting.

Jail records show that bond was set at $3,500. His court date is March 6.