The New York Police Department’s aviation unit Monday night arrested an unidentified man who was pointing a laser at planes during landings and takeoffs from LaGuardia Airport, the website NYPD News reported. Three pilots on two separate aircraft, including two police officers operating a helicopter, said they sustained injuries to their eyes because of the man’s activity.

Upon reports of the laser beams to the Federal Aviation Authority, police were dispatched to the city’s Bronx borough, as the source of the beam had been pinpointed to an apartment there. They were invited in by the suspect's mother and discovered a black tubular device labeled “Laser 303” on top of the refrigerator. That particular model of laser pointer is strong enough to light matches at close and moderate range.

The woman’s 36-year-old son admitted to police officers during questioning that he owned the laser and had used the beam device that evening. The man was arrested and booked on multiple criminal charges, including assault on a police officer, felony assault, menacing a police officer, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon. The incident is still under investigation, according to the news report.

The injured police officers were removed from the aircraft and sent to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hospital. They were in stable condition when they were treated, according to the report. The officers were later released. The injured pilot of an Air Canada commercial airliner also was removed from the plane and then sent to a hospital in Toronto for treatment.

In June 2014, the FBI partnered with the FAA and launched a campaign to stop people from pointing lasers at airplanes and pilots, including a $10,000 reward for people who turned in anyone found guilty of doing so, according to U.S. News & World Report