Send Nephew To Point Fake Grenade Launcher At Cars, Dressed in Bed Sheet – Sure, What’s The Worst Thing That Could Happen?

Posted on September 26, 2012


Arizona (The Gaslamp Post) – A man who sent his teenage nephew out into traffic, dressed in a sheet, a mask, and carrying a fake grenade launcher in order to film a video to upload to YouTube nearly two months ago, was finally arrested Monday.  The man reportedly stated that his intention on the video, was to see how long it would take police to respond to a terrorist situation, and to know how “safe he was.”

Officers say that the man narrating the video, makes reference to the theater shooting which happened in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012.  The man, now identified as Michael D. Turley, 39, reportedly dressed his nephew in a sheet, put a mask over his face, and sent him out to point a fake rocket launcher at cars as they passed an intersection.

Arrested; Michael David Turley.

SWAT officers and a police helicopter were reportedly dispatched after numerous 911 calls were placed from frantic drivers.  They responded within 15 minutes, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

No such response is noted on the video.

An officer located Turley and his nephew in a nearby driveway and calmly approached the teen, instructing him to put the weapon down.  The officer took control of the situation, reportedly without drawing his service weapon.

Turley reportedly explained to the officer what he was doing and why, and left after taking down information for his report.  Phoenix police were shocked when they found out that Turley uploaded the video to YouTube.

Turley was arrested and charged with creating a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct involving simulated explosives.  He was released on $5000 bond.

Why was this guy not made an example of?