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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-182

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 28, 2016
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    Suspect Arrested After Pointing Laser At Sheriff's Office Helicopter

    It is a felony to point a laser and interfere with the operation of an aircraft.
    • Wednesday
    • April 27, 2016
    • Time: 10:20 PM
    • 4050 Rocky Circle
    • Tampa, Florida


    Ismail Muhammad Abdullah
    DOB: 3-27-96
    5717 Piney Lane Drive


    • Misuse of Laser Lighting Device


    On April 27, 2016, at approximately 10:20 pm, at 4050 Rocky Circle in Tampa, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office helicopter occupied by two pilots observed a dark vehicle with three occupants unlawfully and willingly shining a laser/light device into the cockpit of the helicopter. The pilots advised and directed patrol units to the defendant's vehicle. Deputies observed a black Toyota Corolla parked facing north within 4050 Lofts Apartment Complex. The driver/defendant was identified as Ismail Abdullah. A 6 inch black in color laser was discovered in the front passenger side door. Post miranda, the defendant advised he was the one who was playing with the laser and had done it as a joke. Abdullah was placed under arrest and transported to the Orient Road Jail.

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