Press Release

Subject: Pointing Laser at Aircraft/ Pilot with Arrest
Incident Type:
Incident Date/Time 5/15/2019 6:00:00 AM
Expire Date/Time 6/19/2019 6:00:00 AM
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Person/Suspect Info

Incident Date:  05/15/2019  Time:  2138 hrs.
Case Number: 2019-013450
Incident Type: Pointing laser at an aircraft/pilot while in flight
Business/Subdivision: The Palms at Riviera Dunes
Location: 501 Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Victim(s): MCSO pilot and tactical flight officer
Suspect(s): Vladimir Altman, DOB 10/13/96

While on routine air patrol, MCSO Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) and Pilot noticed an individual on a balcony at the above location shining a green laser up at them. This action occurred numerous times with the laser entering the cockpit making it extremely hard for them to see at times.

Upon confirming the address from which this was coming from, our TFO directed patrol units to the exact apartment. Patrol deputies and Palmetto Officers were able to make contact with several subjects inside the apartment.

Vladimir was identified as the suspect who pointed the laser at the aircraft. MSO units took over the investigation due to an MCSO aircraft being involved in the incident.

Vladimir was arrested and transported to the Manatee County Central Jail without incident.