DES MOINES, Iowa —
A Des Moines man was jailed Monday after police said he assaulted a convenience store clerk with a banana.
Police responded to reports of a dispute at a QuikTrip at 3941 SE 14th St. around 3 a.m.
According to police, the store clerk reported being chased around the store by 26-year-old Rogelio Tapia after trying to intervene in his domestic situation.
Police received witness reports claiming Tapia chased the clerk and threw items at the clerk, including a banana.
A police report said Tapia caused around $1,000 in damage.
Tapia is charged with assault on persons in certain occupations, simple assault, interference with official acts and third-degree criminal mischief.
According to the Des Moines Police Department Facebook page, Des Moines police answered over 270 calls on New Year’s Eve, including the “banana assault.”