TAMPA, Fla. - A Pasco County man spent New Year's Day behind bars, after sheriff's deputies say he assaulted his live in girlfriend with a banana.
Authorities responded to 36-year old Joseph Smolinsky's home on Afton Lane in Port Richey early yesterday morning.
When they arrived, Smolinsky's live-in girlfriend told them he threw a banana at her. Smolinsky denied the accusation and told deputies she threw the banana at him.
According to the arrest affidavit, the arresting deputy noticed the victim's face was slightly red where she said she was hit by the banana. That deputy also observed the banana in the garbage and parts of the peel were on the ground near the couch where she was sitting. When the deputy attempted to arrest Smolinsky, he resisted and was then pepper-sprayed and taken into custody.
Smolinsky now faces charges of domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence. Deputies are holding him in jail without bond. He's scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.