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VIDEO: Man Arrested for Playing Terrorist Dress-Up With Nephew


Another man has joined the legion of people arrested after a videotaped stunt got attention on YouTube. This time, Michael Turley, 39, of phoenix is facing heat after police say he dressed up his 16-year-old nephew in terrorist-like garb and had him parade around a busy intersection with a fake grenade launcher. This prank, according to Turley, was intended to test the reaction time of Phoenix police following the shooting in Aurora, Colo. In a video posted on Youtube, a man police have identified as Turley is heard narrating, his voice disguised, about the lack of response by cops.

Police did receive several 911 calls from motorists reporting the incident, but few thought the ”small man” or “kid” “wearing a dress with a torpedo on his shoulder” was a real terrorist. Said one caller, ”I don’t know if it’s real or not, but it’s kind of bizarre.” When police arrived at the scene, they told Turley’s nephew to put his grenade launcher down. The video ends there, but according to reports, Turley told police he was a filmmaker working on a project and was not arrested. After nearly two months of the video being on Youtube, Turley has now been charged with creating a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct involving simulated explosives. His arrest came after police reviewed the video and interviewed the motorists who called 911.

Turley is currently free on $500 bond and, if convicted, may face up to 45 months in prison. The nephew, whose name has not been released, may also face charges.

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