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Escaped 300-Pound Chimp Attacks Police Cruiser

Escaped 300-Pound Chimp Attacks Police Cruiser

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Kansas City Star via YellowBrix

October 20, 2010

KANSAS CITY – A 300-pound chimpanzee escaped from its owner Tuesday afternoon and ran rampant through a Kansas City neighborhood, scaring walkers, pounding on passing cars and breaking a police car’s windshield.

The 21-year-old ape, named Sueko, also pointed and laughed at residents and flipped off an animal control officer near 78th Street and Indiana Avenue, witnesses said.

About 40 minutes and one tranquilizer dart later, Sueko meandered into a cage in her owner’s van. The owner drove her — with a police escort — to Monkey Island, a primate sanctuary in Greenwood where she will stay while the city’s legal department weighs its option.

City officials would like to avoid returning the chimp to her owner, Mark Archigo, who has been in and out of legal trouble over Sueko since 1995.

On Tuesday city officials cited him for having a dangerous animal in city limits. It was at least the third time that Archigo has been cited for problems with Sueko getting loose or biting people. City officials, who briefly sent her to the zoo 15 years ago, even threatened then to euthanize her if Archigo brought her back into the city.

Archigo could not be reached for comment.

Tuesday’s incident unfolded about noon.

Amber and Ashley Haley were on their morning walk when they saw Sueko run from a vacant lot with a rope around her neck and dragging a chain.

The sisters weren’t too concerned. They used to play with the chimp when she was younger — and smaller. They hadn’t seen her in a few years but knew that the owner sometimes parked his semitrailer on the lot. He usually took the chimp with him in his van, but not Tuesday.

Archigo told police that he left Sueko in her cage inside his truck and that she somehow escaped. But the Haley sisters wondered if Archigo tied Sueko to a tree because she was dragging a chain with two padlocks.

Once the sisters realized the chain wasn’t attached to anything, they got worried. They walked toward the closest house, but Sueko headed for the house, too.

As they backed away, the sisters called on their cell phones for help.

Residents inside the house heard a loud bang, looked outside and saw Sueko hitting their vehicles and pounding on their front door. The ape broke a gate, knocked over a small fence and climbed on a parked Camaro while laughing and pointing at the residents gathered on their roof.

The residents tried to distract the ape so the Haley sisters could escape but soon realized that Sueko easily could climb onto the roof, so they retreated.

Sueko started swatting at passing vehicles. From in the house, Tiffanie Jennings and others shouted for motorists to keep their doors and windows shut.

The Haley sisters jumped into the back of a passing truck, but when Sueko charged them, they piled into the passenger compartment.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Yes I really understand when people say that this was funny. It really was, but what we as people must remember is the monkey is WILD, not a pet. It didn't know that she counldn't go ape (Sorry no pun intended). Yes these animals are very beautiful but they are still animals, not pets. If someone wants a pet then please go to your local animal selter and take one of them home, not only will you have a very loyal pet but you will be helping the selter and the animal also. Plus no matter if its a cat or dog you will also be making your on life just a little bit richer. I also ask the question, where was animal control at? But just for a laugh, can you imagine what the cop that responed to the call thought when they pulled up and the monkey came at the car. Talk about a wake up call, man now that would be kinda scary. God Bless all of our police, soliders and may he keep them safe each day. God Bless

  • Car6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    glad to hear no one was hurt, hopefully they can get this animal somewhere it belongs...

  • Dscn0026_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I don't know what compels people to own animals like this. Like big snakes, lions, tigers, bears, chimps, etc. Then they wonder why the animal ends up going berserk and ends up killing or maiming people! Stupid people just need to leave these animals in the wild or in the zoo.

  • Rcmp_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Would somebody explain to me please why no conservation or animal control officers responded to the call?

    I think its pretty funny, but should have been prevented, i had a run in with the man who kept lions at his house, and his girlfriend was killed. Creatures like this should not be kept within cities, unless its a Zoo!
    if your intrested more about this lion deal, look up Kim Carlton, he's the guy.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Although the incident may seem humorous, there was a similar incident in Stamford CT where a similarly stupid chimp owner kept a 300 pound animal that attacked and nearly killed a family friend. The woman's face was literally ripped off, she was blinded and her hands were disfigured. An arriving officer shot and killed the animal as it attacked his patrol car when he arrived. There have been numerous lawsuits implicating the City of Stamford since authorities were aware of her keeping this vicious animal. Kansas City officials should take heed and get the animal where it properly belongs or they could end up paying out a lot of money to someone after they are mauled.

  • Profile1_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Only a complete douche would subject thier neighbors and the community to the dangers by keeping a chimp.
    Not to mention the guy makes a habit of locking it in a van - that is cruel.

    If my neighbor had a chimp and it escaped I would take the opportunity to kill it, make sure it NEVER happened again.

    I know that is an awful thing to say but I am protective of my children, really all children and I do believe I would muster the cohonies to put a bullet between it's eyes. A chimp in a human populated community is a horrible accident waiting to happen.

    This douche had already proven he can't control it, fights to get it back when it is removed and on top of that he mistreats it.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Chimps are extremely dangerous. If you're attacked by one you might as well be facing a lion. They're extremely strong and their attacks are vicious and brutal. They knowingly attack the face, neck, and genitals of males, and the face, neck, and breasts of females. Tearing them off with relative ease.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    lucky ape didnt get shot

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    glad no one was injured. these apes should NEVER be kept as pets. highly intelligent animals - obviously - chained by the neck? I call it animal abuse. outlaw keeping them as pets and these problems won't develop. Get a cat or a dog, man. this is b.s. potentially dangerous, inappropriate and unnatural for the animal = cruel.

  • Idf_soldier_and_kittyimage2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    .40 cal. double-tap center body mass. End of threat.

  • On_the_boat_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Don't monkey with another man's monkey!

    Can you say 'Face/Off'?

  • N20908355_36779192_4959_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The officer should have shot and killed the damn thing.

  • Stmaarten2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    hahahaha it flipped everyone off. if i was a monkey about to get tranquilized id give everyone the finger too...maybe even throw some feces

  • Hernandez_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    People who own these wild animals just drive me BANANAS!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    It isn't funny at all, chimps have mauled and killed people. Also she was found with a rope around her neck and dragging a chain - sounds like animal abuse to me. I hope she finds a good home with other chimps she can interact with. Whats wrong with these people that can't just have a pet like a dog or cat.. Idiots :(

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