Crime

Apparently, Huffing Paint and Throwing Oranges at Airplanes is Frowned Upon Within Mesa City Limits

What's the big deal?

That's what a man cops found huffin' spray paint in an orange grove next to the Falcon Field Municipal Airport in Mesa asked police when they politely told him he needed to stop throwing oranges at the airplanes.

According to the Mesa Police Department, 33-year-old Brian Henio was seen in the orange grove drinking out of a green jug. Cops quickly recognized the smell of spray paint and realized Henio wasn't drinking from the jug, but rather huffing spray paint from it -- at least that's what appeared to be going on judging by the paint the officers saw on his upper lip.


Henio told the cops he was in the grove to throw oranges at airplanes and admitted to doing so.

When told throwing oranges at airplanes wasn't a good idea, Henio told officers he didn't know what the big deal was and that he was just trying to go to New Mexico.

Police say Henio was jittery and when asked if he knew he was trespassing, he said "I know, I want to go to New Mexico."

When cops tried to take Henio into custody, he refused to put his hands on his head and walked away from the officers.

Police eventually wrestled Henio into custody and took him to the Mesa City Jail, where he was charged with possession of a vapor releasing substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.

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