June 18th, 2013
01:51 AM ET

Man points fake grenade launcher at cars

A man who paraded his cloaked 16-year-old nephew around a busy Phoenix intersection with a fake rocket-propelled grenade launcher was convicted Monday on endangerment and terrorism hoax charges.

Michael David Turley, 40, posted a video on YouTube showing the teen walking around the streets covered in a sheet and pointing the fake weapon at cars. The video went viral with over 250,000 hits.

In the video, a man says he and an actor are trying to test how police would respond to such a scene at a busy intersection.


Filed under: Arizona • Crime • Justice • U.S.
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  1. chrissy

    So all public nusances will from this point on be charged with terrorism? Sounds a bit extreme.

    June 18, 2013 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    in the current environment of paranoia this is hardly surprising @chrissy

    June 18, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Given the climate of the world today, I wonder what state of dementia this gentleman was in when he decided this was a good idea?

    June 18, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    yes @banasy he should thanks his lucky stars that both got away with their lives.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©


    A rookie police officer was out for his first ride in a cruiser with an experienced partner. A call came in telling them to disperse some people who were loitering.

    The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner.

    The rookie rolled down his window and said, "Let's get off the corner people."
    A few glances, but no one moved, so he barked again...
    "I SAID, let's get off that corner... NOW!"

    Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled stares in his direction.

    Proud of his first official act, the young policeman turned to his partner and asked, "Well, how did I do?"

    Pretty good," chuckled the vet, "especially since this is a bus stop!"

    June 18, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shiela

    I remember when I was a little kid and used to shoot cars with my fake rifle. Heck I even fake shot at the police. Too bad the world is what it is now. Kids can't be kids

    June 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Hey@bobcat, trust you to paint whats going with a stroke of humour.

    June 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Blocked, as usual. Can't even post a response to my "daighter." Tiring.

    June 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Xan you please stop blocking, CNN?

    June 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Shiela, many things we did as kids would land us in juvenile now. Those carefree days are gone.

    June 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Keith Hecht

    Thanks, A very useful information .

    September 23, 2013 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |