21 October 2022
Major Brian P. Webster
Troop NYC Commander
(212) 459-7800


New York, New York - On Saturday, October 19, 2022, Investigators from SP Manhattan BCI and CTIU-South arrested Samuel Colaj Ventura, age 22, of Middletown, New York, for Directing a Laser at an Aircraft in the 1st Degree – a class E felony.


The Investigators from SP Manhattan BCI and CTIU-South, with assistance from the North Plainfield, Plainfield and Branchburg Township Police Departments in New Jersey, conducted a criminal investigation into an incident where a subject directed a laser-beam at a New York State Police aircraft during the landing process in Manhattan. The laser-beam crossed into the eyes of the pilot and co-pilot, causing them to abort the landing. As a result of the investigation, Ventura was identified as the subject involved, and he was subsequently arrested.


Ventura was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket returnable to Manhattan Criminal Court on November 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.


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