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article imageMan arrested after aiming unloaded banana at deputies

By Megan Hamilton     Nov 26, 2014 in Crime
Grand Junction - A Colorado man was arrested because he allegedly pointed a banana at two deputies after telling them that he thought it would be "funny" to post on YouTube to "lighten the holiday spirit."
However, the deputies didn't have the "holiday spirit."
Instead, they arrested Nathen Channing, 27, who was not recording the Saturday incident, USA Today reports.
In an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said that even though the object was yellow, they feared for their lives. Bunch wrote that he has seen handguns in a variety of shapes and colors, The Associated Press reports.
He also wrote that Love was in the middle of drawing his gun when Channing yelled "It's a banana!"
Channing allegedly told the deputies that he was practicing a trial run for a possible YouTube video and he thought it would "lighten the holiday spirit," said the deputies, who were not amused.
Despite the yellowness of the non-lethal banana, the deputies reported that they feared for their safety, The New York Daily News reported.
"I immediately ducked in my patrol car and accelerated continuing northbound, fearing that it was a weapon," Bunch wrote in the affidavit. "Based on training and experience, I have seen handguns in many shapes and colors and perceived this to be a handgun."
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Channing doesn't have a YouTube channel in his name, but he does, however, have a captive audience to entertain--his fellow inmates in the county jail. His bail was set at $10,000 and he has been charged with alleged felony menacing, the Daily News reports. The charge carries a maximum of three years in jail and a $100,000 fine.
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