Police respond to report of armed man in banana suit

Feb. 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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BEAUMONT, Texas, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said they responded to a report of a man in a banana costume with an AK-47 at the side of a road and found a man promoting a nearby gun store.

Beaumont police said they responded to a street corner in the city on a report of a man in a banana costume holding an AK-47 and they arrived to find an 18-year-old wearing the costume and directing people to nearby store Golden Triangle Tactical with the assault rifle hanging across his back, KBMT-TV, Beaumont, reported Tuesday.

The man was temporarily detained and cited for violating a city ordinance banning soliciting alongside roadways, police said. They said further charges are possible related to the man's display of the firearm.

Derek Poe, owner of the store, said the man was hired to bring in business as part of the shop's grand opening.

Poe's store used to be located in the Parkdale Mall and he was stopped by police in December while carrying a rifle on his back inside the mall. He said he moved his store when the mall posted signs explaining the facility's ban on carrying weapons.

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