Teen zaps cop pilot with laser

"You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!" -- Dr. Evil

Lenny J. Tavarez didn't have the sharks, but he did, according to cops, have the laser. Tavarez, 19, was arrested in Hunting Park Tuesday night after he shined a Philadelphia police helicopter pilot in the eye with a laser. Police officials said Air Tac 2 was flying near Palmetto Street and Hunting Park Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. when Tavarez used a silver, pen-like green laser to briefly blind the pilot.


The pilot and his partner used Tac Air's spotlight to single out Tavarez, who continued to target the helicopter with the laser. Cops on the ground followed the light and arrested Tavarez. He was charged with risking a catastrophe, aggravated assault and related offenses.