A Colorado man was arrested on felony menacing charges because he pointed a banana at police officers, causing them to believe that they were in ‘imminent danger’ from ‘ a deadly weapon.’
According to Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, 27-year old Nathan Channing of Fruitvale, Colorado was arrested on Sunday by one Deputy Joshua Bunch for the stunt, which was intended for a YouTube comedy video. According to Bunch, he and fellow deputy Donald Love were forced to run into their car and flee, ‘fearing that it was a weapon.’
‘Deputy Love stated that he was in fear of his life at this point and was in the process of pulling out his handgun when Nathan yelled, “It’s a banana!”‘ Bunch said in his report.
After he was arrested, Channing reportedly told police that he was just trying to put up a comedy video because he thought it would ‘lighten the holiday spirit.’