Florida Man Accused of Attacking Girlfriend With Banana

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 2:03 PM CDT
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A Florida man was arrested after authorities say he attacked his girlfriend with a banana.

Phillip Joseph Smolinsky, 36, was arrested Wednesday on charges of domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence related to the fruit fight, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.


He was being held without bond Thursday, jail records showed. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

When deputies responded to Smolinsky's Port Richey home, his live-in girlfriend told them he had thrown a banana at her, WFLA reported. Smolinsky denied the accusation and said she had thrown the banana at him.


But a deputy noticed the girlfriend's face was slightly red where she said the banana hit her, an arrest affidavit said. The deputy also found the banana in the garbage and parts of the peel on the ground.

When the deputy tried to arrest Smolinsky, he resisted and had to be pepper-sprayed, authorities said.

Smolinsky is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

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