Laser Pointer Suspect Pleads for Forgiveness

Kenneth Karol apologizes to a helicopter news crew for shining a laser at their aircraft. Fox31

In a bizarre admission of guilt by a person nabbed for shining a blue laser at an aircraft, Colorado man Kenneth Karol not only confessed to his crime on camera, but also broke down nearly into a state of tears asking the crew of Denver’s Fox 31 helicopter crew to accept his apology for any danger he put them in.

Karol last week pointed his laser during the Thursday-morning rush hour at a passing news/traffic copter, temporarily blinding KOA Radio traffic reporter John Morrisey. Because Karol continued pointing the device at the helicopter, another journalist on board was able to pinpoint the man’s location and radio it down to police who quickly arrived to take Karol into custody.

During his police interrogation caught on camera, Karol admitted the laser was very high-powered but also that he had no idea shining the device at the helicopter posed any danger. He also said he was truly sorry for the incident and was glad the helicopter crew was not harmed and were able to later go home safely to their own families.

While the helicopter crew accepted the man’s apology, it’s unclear what action the FBI and FAA will take; pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime.

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