A Pantsless Dallas Man Was Caught Shining a Laser Pointer at a Police Helicopter Today

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Kenneth Santodomingo
You probably noticed that it's been unseasonably pleasant the past few days. Short-sleeve picnic weather. Leave-the-screen-door-open weather. Or, if you prefer, pantsless-laser-pointing weather.

Count 22-year-old Kenneth Santodomingo as the leader of that last group. He was arrested just after 4 a.m. today after confessing to shining a green laser pointer at a circling police helicopter.

According to police, DPD Air 1 was searching the Pleasant Grove area for a fleeing car full of burglars when its windshield was flooded by green light. This happened several more times before officers pinpointed the source of the light as a backyard in the 7700 block of Lake June Road.

Officers on the ground knocked on the front door of the house and were greeted by Santodomingo, clad only in "dark blue short-style underwear," who told them to go around to the back since he couldn't open the burglar bars.

At first, Santodomingo told officers he knew nothing about the green light. When officers pressed, he relented, fetching a laser pointer from the front pocket of a nearby suitcase and confessing that it had been him. "I wanted to see how far it would go," he explained.

He would have been better picking a ground-based target. Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime that carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was taken to Dallas County Jail, where he was apparently allowed to dress before taking his mug shot.

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bruceusa2086
bruceusa2086

Don't laser me bro........Just don't laser me.

MiddleAgedMan
MiddleAgedMan

Although this seems another casual case of local misdemeanor douchebaggery, eye injuries, temporary blindness, laser "dazzling" itself is a real hazard. I experienced a "coherent light injury" while in the military. Fortunately it was minor. I'm with the DPD crew of Air 1. Prosecute this young shithead. It may give him pause before he moves on to further stupidity.

Brandon Giannasi
Brandon Giannasi

Lazers dont lazer people, people lazer people! You will not take our lazers from us! Never!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Well, we know he was "pantsless" when the cops got there, but were they really able to ascertain whether or not he was "pantsless" at the time of the alleged "shining"?

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

I feel safer knowing that government is spending 10 grand to prosecute and then 20grand a year for the jail sentence on this hardened criminal.

(you know homie does NOT have $250,000 for the fine and court costs)

Totally not a waste of money or resources.

Bill Zeblinsky
Bill Zeblinsky

They weren't blinding a DPD helicopter pilot with a laser pointer.

halldecker
halldecker

Is this from the kind of couple dollar red laser with a 1.5 volt battery that I use to confuse the cat?


Doesn't seem possible,  but ..........

Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton
Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton

so how is this any different than the morons who didnt wear pants on the No Pants Day and it was FREEZING out?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Notice they didn't say anything about catching the guy breaking into cars.

I mean, why bother catching the REAL criminals when there are laser pointer wielding maniacs to take down... by knocking on their front door.

Daniel
Daniel

When I was a teenager, we'd drive around with a Q-beam and shine it into people's windows from the car. An entire upper-middle-class dining room would light up in stark tableau, its occupants reacting with evident alarm, and we'd laugh because we were stoned. (A close second was repeatedly driving past a jogger who was obviously struggling, and pointing and laughing. Because we were cruel teenagers. Stoned, cruel teenagers.)


Not sure why I'm admitting these things now. I can't still be arrested, can I? 

flyingchef3434
flyingchef3434

@sherilenoir I too suggest you do some research.  Some local news channels even aired a segment or two on lasers last year.  I happen to work for a department that track these laser incidents and its pretty much a nightly occurance...sometimes a couple times a night.  It can be a very dangerous situation when a pilot is blinded by a laser.  Wouldn't it be something if (God forbid) a plane went down on your house, the house of your loved one or maybe your loved one was on board that plane that went down because of a laser... bet you wouldn't be "looking at your nails" then now would you?  You'd be wondering why the government wasn't doing something about this very serious problem.  I am so glad they have made an example of this douchbag who finds it entertaining to shoot lasers at aircraft.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@sherilenoir Suggest you do a little research on lasers, pilots and eye damage, sheri. Then get back to us.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@everlastingphelps Some things are just adolescent assholery, Phelps. And some are dangerous. And some assholes don't know the difference. For them we have laws, fines, and jail. I'll put the same challenge to you I put to the dingbat, above: Find a pilot who flies a lot at night and ask him what he thinks.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Daniel No.But it helps to explain some of your other comments on this blog.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Daniel You are not alone. At first, we just used to Q-beam to knock out street lights. If the Q-beam was strong enough to trick the sensors on a street light into thinking it was daytime, then of course the natural progression was shining it into a few windows to see if we could trick people into thinking it was daytime. Most people just reacted as if a locomotive was bearing down on their dining room.

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

@bmarvel @sherilenoir yeah, everyone knows about it...*looks at nails*... Not that I've ever wanted to laser anyone but it's not like it's a widely spread law, there are no warnings on any laser pointer I've ever seen about pointing it at planes. I'm still standing by the fact that it would be very insane to spend a ton of money prosecuting this dude.

Every job has weird dangers associated with it. If this is a widespread problem then maybe spend that money on a campaign to raise awareness. Sounds like a super good reason to throw a bunch of money at a team of engineers to develop a laser proof windsheild for those guys. Blue blockers super sized.

Daniel
Daniel

@bmarvel @Daniel 

How you fit such a giant stick up your ass is a thing of wonder, Bill. You are a marvel indeed.

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

@emmalemmalee @sherilenoir  yes. This hasn't changed my mind at all on my original belief that there is a bigger picture, and spending a wad of money putting people in jail for ignorance is does not enrich the community, it just costs money and creates more vicious criminals. Since you all watch the news and know what's up, then you know how broke the government is, both state and federal. How they are cutting costs at schools, public services, and cutting jobs from the state because of this money problem.

Money better spent on things like awareness campaigns and warning stickers on EVERY laser sold. That could be easily done with the 20 G's (or more) about to be spent on this stupid asshole.

Ruining this idiots life with jail time, is a little band aid that doesn't really fix anything. Your government is paying LOTS of your money to put him in a tank with more idiots who will bond with jerk #1 and give him more great ideas. Then when he gets out he can't support himself because of the felony charge, and all his friends now, are crooks.

So what do you think that idiot will do?

Use the good ideas he got in prison to rob, hurt, possibly kill, and definitely scam the good people who paid lots of cash to put him in jail to begin with.

It's call recidivism, if you google it and check out some statistics you may understand it as well as you do the laser laws.


I put in extra grammer and spelling errors in too, so you have something else to google. your welcome.

emmalemmalee
emmalemmalee

@sherilenoir so spending money on "raising awareness" about something everyone pretty much should know is OK, but not prosecuting people who restrict law enforcement from safely carrying out their job? 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@sherilenoir And, for good measure, "police helicopter" and "laser"

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@sherilenoir While you're at it, Sheri, Google "Delta," "Salt Lake City" and "laser."

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@sherilenoir sheri -- in fact, there have been widespread warnings about this, even though you perhaps have not heard them. 

Anybody who works in darkness -- in a darkened airplane cockpit for example -- knows how long it takes eyes to readjust after they've been exposed to even a brief burst of intense light. (The rule of thumb is 20-30 minutes. And even cheap lasers can be very intense.) Meantime you're trying to refocus on your instruments, glancing out the window for the horizon, trying to read a checklist in your lap. 

Inform yourself. Ten minutes on Google should do the trick. Try "JetBlue" and "laser." Better still, find a pilot who flies a lot at night. Ask him what he thinks of having a laser flashed in his eyes. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Daniel I've noticed that guys who brag about juvenile asshollery generally remain assholes as adults.

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