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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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  • American_flag_eagle_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Classic...When you think you have seen everything, this happens...Too funny.

  • Fake_sunset_max50


    over 4 years ago


    haha this made my day

  • 0206001741_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It was good that no one was injured. and the reporter, i'm sure, gave everyone a chuckle with the "flip off" comment...

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Since Mr. Archigo violated the agreemnat reached back in '95, the city should sue him for damages and the cost of the responders to rectify the situation. If he broke any laws, he should be charged to the max. Like most of you folks have already said, this is a wild and dangerous animal. Glad no one got hurt, though.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    That thing belongs in a zoo.

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This could have turned out pretty bad, but glad there were no serious injuries or worse. It is funny, however, to read the line "flipped off an animal control officer".

  • American_first_responder2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This could have turned out very bad; thank God it didn't, and that the Ape tore up the patrol car a little and didn't harm the LEO! Apes are very dominant and desire a high sense of autonomy, therefore, they aren't pet worthy, and the owner should be fined, and charged for the damages to the Police car and any of the additional damages to the property he destroyed. I love Leo52011's comment about if there's a Trunk Monkey for these situations? Ha LOL!!!!!!!!! Great we can end this one on a happy note and a laugh or two!

  • 131050241_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Is there a Trunk Monkey for this sorta thing?

  • Matt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thats one badass monkey. Thank god no one got hurt from this ordeal.

  • Koda_thanksgiving_max50


    over 4 years ago


    exotic animals should not be allowed to be owned by citizens.

  • 10954533_10152768417768138_2117542071882865207_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    oj boy

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Kansas City borders the city I reside in. The owner was cited for having the monkey. It is a hot story with the local news. I wonder how the monkey learned the one finger salute. Thank goodness no one was killed or injured.

  • 14600_10200352713679693_171098802_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    enough monkeying aroud lol ! wow what a wild monkey

  • Img_0933_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The chimp needs to be in a zoo. It's obvious the owner can't contol the chimp. These chimps are dangerous and can turn in a heart beat.

  • Justice-400_max50


    over 4 years ago


    These stories have ended in much worse ways. I still don't get why it's even legal to own a monkey. They belong in their natural habitat or in the zoo where they can be properly cared for and monitored.

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