Man Denied Bond in Laser Strike Case

22-year old Kenneth Santodomingo remains behind bars

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013  |  Updated 6:06 PM CDT
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Man Denied Bond in Laser Strike Case

Mugshot of Kenneth Santodomingo, inset, over a video still taken from the DPD helicopter showing the green laser shining in their direction.

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A Dallas man who confessed to shining a laser pointer at a Dallas police helicopter remains in federal custody.

Judge David Horan on Thursday denied Kenneth Santodomingo's request to post bond.

During Thursday's hearing, the FBI agent who interrogated Santodomingo testified. According to his testimony, Santodomingo has different aliases, including Juan Joel Pagan, and addresses.

Dallas police say Santodomingo pointed a green laser pointer at Air One, the department's helicopter, several times from his home early Monday morning. The pilot found the light's origin and directed officers on the ground to the location.

According to a police report, Santodomingo confessed to shining the pointer after police told him that they had video of the incident.

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Police released video of the incident on its YouTube page.

Prosecutors called the home from where the laser was pointed as a "flophouse." They said eight men were found in sleeping bags when police arrested Santodomingo.

Santodomingo's girlfriend of four years, Sarah Gomez also testified. She has two children with Santodomingo, a 2-year-old and 3-year-old.

Through an interpreter, Gomez asked Moran to grant Santodomingo bond, which would allow him to be with his children.

However, with no solid employment history and history with aliases, Horan said he considered Santodomingo a flight risk.

No plea was entered at Thursday's hearing.

The penalty for aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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