Cops: Man Pulls Out Fake Grenade, Asks Sgt. to Shoot Him

The following arrest information was provided by the White Plains Police Department, it does not indicate a conviction.

Wearing a tactical military vest equipped with what appeared to be rifle magazine and grenade pouches, a White Plains man forced traffic to swerve around him as he stood in the middle of E Post Rd. and Grand St. early Monday morning, police say.

The grenade inside the pouch was fake, but the concern wasn't as police responded to the scene at about 1:50 a.m.

Julio Franco, 44, refused a police sergeant's orders to leave the area, police say. Franco then pulled out the grenade, which police say was homemade and easily detected as a fraud, and urged officers to shoot him, saying "shoot me in the head, kill me", according to an arrest report.

Police didn't shoot. Instead, a White Plains police sergeant brought Franco to the ground and arrested him. Police believe Franco was impaired by alcohol.

Franco, of 58 Dekalb Ave., was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation. He was held for court.

Joe Varnit November 04, 2012 at 03:43 PM
At last, the cops did the right thing,


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