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Newton man, 21, charged with pointing laser at drivers

A 21-year-old Newton resident is facing charges that he pointed a laser into the windows of several moving cars near Newton Center, police said.

The man, who was charged by Newton police with disorderly conduct and assault and battery, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at Newton District Court on March 25. His name will not be released prior to the hearing, said Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, a Newton police spokesman.

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Police received reports of a laser being pointed into cars shortly after 6 p.m. on Feb. 25. The culprit was described as a man in his late teens or early 20s and wearing a bright orange coat. The green laser pen was pointed at vehicles traveling along Gibbs and Sumner streets.

The suspect was apprehended by police the next day near where the incidents occurred.

“We had an officer working in the area and he saw someone who he believed fit the description of the suspect,” Apotheker said. “Upon speaking to him and after an investigation, he was charged.”

The officer also found a laser pen in the suspect’s possession, Apotheker said.

The man has not been charged with shining the laser pen at two airplanes the same night.

Two airplane pilots reported their cockpits were illuminated with green laser light from somewhere below them that night, according to Jim Peters, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

Officials were able to determine that the light came from the Newton area.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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