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Release from the United States Attorney's Office:

January 22, 2015


Baltimore, Maryland – James Robert Hensler, age 24, of Dundalk, pleaded guilty late yesterday to aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

“The FBI has aggressively investigated numerous people who have pointed lasers at aircraft since Congress passed the law in 2012,” said Stephen Vogt, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Division. “People may think of this as a harmless prank, but pointing a laser at a pilot creates an undeniable danger for everyone on board that aircraft. We ask the public to contact us with any information they may have about similar incidents.”

Chief James Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department stated, “I am glad that this case has come to a positive conclusion and Mr. Hensler is being held accountable. Pointing a laser pointer at any aircraft is a serious matter, as it threatens the lives of those on the aircraft as well as people on the ground. In this incident, the crew of the Baltimore County Police helicopter was lucky that the use of the laser pointer did not lead to a tragic loss of life.”

According to Hensler’s plea agreement and other court documents, on September 30, 2014, a Baltimore County Police helicopter was flying over the area of Patapsco High School when the cockpit was illuminated twice by a green laser beam. Two flight officers in the helicopter put a spotlight on the person whom they saw illuminate the cockpit and called for ground units to respond. Arriving ground units saw Hensler in the area and questioned him. Hensler denied having anything to do with the laser. The flight officers directed the ground officers to a location where they had seen Hensler put his hand prior to the ground officers’ arrival. The responding officers located and seized the laser pointer. After being shown the laser pointer, Hensler admitted that he had used the laser pointer to hit the helicopter because he wanted to see how far the laser could shine.

Hensler faces a maximum of five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for March 25, 2015.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Harvey E. Eisenberg, who is prosecuting the case.

UPDATE (01/01/2015 1:25 p.m.):

Marilyn Bronta Drones-Richardson has contacted police from out of state and said that she is OK. At this time, she wishes to stay where she is.

UPDATE (12/31/2014 11:30 p.m.):

Police are continuing to search for Marilyn Bronta Drones-Richardson, the 60-year-old woman missing from Dundalk. Police have received information that she may have taken a cab to the Baltimore Travel Plaza where she boarded a bus for New York. 

Anyone with information on Marilyn Bronta Drones-Richardson is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Original release (12/31/2014 8:51 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from Dundalk.

Marilyn Bronta Drones-Richardson is a 60-year-old black female, 4-11, 190 pounds, brown eyes and medium length black hair. She should be wearing a blue puffy coat and blue jeans. She is reported to be in the early stages of dementia.

Marilyn Bronta Drones-Richardson was last seen at 8:30 a.m. this morning at her home in the 2900 block of Dunmurry Road 21222. She left the location to go to a business on Shipping Place. When she did not return home, a family member called police.

Anyone with information on is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a home invasion in Dundalk in which the suspects shot the victims’ dog.

At 4:12 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police responded to a home in the 200 block of Baltimore Avenue 21222 for a report of a burglary that had just occurred.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that three black male suspects wearing hoods, masks, and gloves forced their way into the home. Two of the suspects were armed with handguns. The suspects became involved in a physical altercation with an adult male and an adult female in the home. During the altercation, a pit bull in the home attacked the suspects. One of the suspects shot and killed the dog. The suspects then fled the scene.

The adult female was transported to an area hospital to be checked out. She is expected to survive.

This incident is under investigation by the North Point/Precinct 12 Investigative Services Team.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

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