Manatee, FL - A 22 year-old man faces charges for pointing a laser at a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. A tactical flight officer and pilot were on routine patrol Wednesday night, when they spotted someone shining a green laser at them. The sheriff's office says the person pointed the laser into the cockpit multiple times, making it extremely hard for the officer and pilot to see at times. They were able to determine the laser was coming from "The Palms at Rivera Dunes" apartment complex on Haben Boulevard. They sent patrol units and Palmetto police officers to that complex. Vladimir Altman was identified as the person who pointed the laser. According to the sheriff's office, Altman admitted to the crime, was arrested and transported to the Manatee County Jail. He is facing charges for "Pointing laser at an aircraft/pilot while in flight.