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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Ocala man jailed after shining green laser at MCSO helicopter

A 37-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he pointed a green laser beam directly at a Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

On Sunday, August 7, the MCSO Aviation Unit, Air 1, informed the Ocala Police Department that a man who was standing outside his residence had pointed a green laser beam directly at the helicopter at least three times.

An OPD officer responded to the residence and made contact with a man who was identified as Antonio Naib Marente.

Antonio Naib Marente
Antonio Naib Marente

While speaking with the officer, Marente admitted to pointing the laser at the sky and stated that he “does it every night,” according to OPD. Marente was taken into custody and it was later discovered that he was out on felony probation.

Marente was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $1,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for misuse of a laser lighting device.

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, September 6 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.

The Ocala Police Department is reminding residents that any person who knowingly and willfully shines, points, or focuses the beam of a laser lighting device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft is committing a third degree felony.