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Press Release: Discharge of Laser at an Aircraft
Agency: Jurupa Valley Police
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: May 11, 2019 Time: 4:00 AM
Incident Date: May 11, 2019 Time: 12:19 AM
Incident Location: 2600 block of Armstrong Road, Jurupa Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant J. Erazo
File Number(s): JV191310004


On Saturday, May 11, 2019, about 12:19 AM, while assisting ground units on a call for service, the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s helicopter was struck with a green laser several times while over the area of Sunnyslope, in the city of Jurupa Valley. The Riverside Police Department’s fixed wing aircraft, also on-scene assisting deputies, was struck by the same green laser. Riverside Police determined the laser emitted from a single-story residence located along the 2600 block of Armstrong Road, in Jurupa Valley. The air unit used a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera and provided an accurate description of the subjects. Within minutes, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Police Department, responded to the location. Deputies located and detained a male and female matching the description of the subjects identified by the air units. Further investigation revealed the male was responsible for discharging the laser at both air units from the location, which was captured on video by the air units.

Deputies identified the male as Alberto Rivas, a 25-year old Hispanic male from Jurupa Valley. Rivas was arrested, without incident, and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for violation of California Penal Code 247.5, discharge of a laser at an aircraft, a felony.

The Jurupa Valley Station, serving the cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco, and unincorporated communities of Riverside and Corona, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public that pointing or discharging any type of laser at an aircraft while in operation, in motion, or in flight, could severely damage the pilot’s ability to control the aircraft. It is also a felony in the State of California and a Federal offense.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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