KIPS BAY — A drone owner who crashed his flying gadget through the window of a woman’s apartment in Waterside Plaza last week has been arrested, according to a police report.
The 24-year-old resident of East 33rd Street was arrested on March 1, days after police say he sent a GoPro Karma drone careening through a 66-year-old woman's window on the 27th floor of 20 Waterside Plaza, a building in the Waterside Plaza complex overlooking the East River at East 26th Street.
The victim told police she was sitting on the couch and browsing the web on her computer just before 6 p.m. when the 1-foot-by-1-foot quadcopter — which retails for about $800, can fly as high as 10,000 feet into the sky, and has 10-inch rotors, according to a company website — smashed through her south-facing window, police said.
The drone almost injured the woman, the victim told the New York Post.
"The drone got caught on the blinds," the woman said. "That’s what saved me from getting lacerated. I’m very lucky."
The drone owner was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and two violations for the stunt, according to a police spokeswoman. He was released with a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on May 2, police said. The pilot did not respond to a request for comment.
Flying drones in New York City is illegal outside of a handful of parks, according the Parks Department.