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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

Tiffanie Jennings had called her cousin, Tonya Jennings, for help. When Tonya arrived, Sueko opened the passenger door to her sport utility vehicle. Jennings ran to an animal control truck that had just arrived.

Soon thereafter, Archigo arrived, witnesses said.

“How’d all this happen?” he reportedly asked.

The Haley sisters said he seemed angry that neighbors had called police.

“But we were scared to death,” Amber Haley said.

Kansas City police dispatchers weren’t sure if the calls about a loose chimp were a joke, but Sgt. John Blomquist immediately knew it was true.

He had responded to a call of a “suspicious party in a van” about seven years ago in the same area. As it turned out, Sueko was in the van alone, rocking it back and forth.

“I’ll be responding,” Blomquist announced over the radio. “And be advised, I do have a banana.”

When Blomquist got to the scene, he told the animal control officer to get in his patrol car so they could get closer for a tranquilizer shot.

But once Sueko saw the tranquilizer gun, she charged the police car. She pushed a trash can against its front bumper, climbed on the car’s hood, pounded the roof and kicked the windshield, breaking it.

“I didn’t expect it to go down like that,” Blomquist said.

When Sueko ran into a back yard, officers followed with their rifles, prepared to shoot if the ape approached anyone. The animal control officer hit Sueko with one tranquilizer dart but missed a second shot after the chimp climbed a tree.

Sueko later walked into her owner’s van.

Archigo told police he was an over-the-road trucker and that Sueko rode with him and his girlfriend.

City officials have repeatedly warned Archigo not to bring Sueko into the city. Archigo was cited in 2000 after complaints that Sueko injured a teenage girl by lifting her by the ankles and tossing her to the ground. The chimp also allegedly bit another girl.

At the time, animal rights advocates said such behavior is to be expected when chimps are allowed to mix with humans. The animals are not suited to be pets because they want to be dominant.

Kansas City animal control officials briefly confiscated the chimp in 1995, when Archigo was living in Kansas City, after investigating reports that Sueko had bitten humans.

City ordinances do not allow residents to keep primates within city limits. But when Archigo threatened to sue the city, officials returned the animal to him on the condition that he keep her outside the city.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders remembers prosecuting the case against Archigo for tossing the young girl to the ground. Archigo was supposed to give up the ape.

“These type of situations have to be handled very seriously,” Sanders said Tuesday. “Chimps are considered as dangerous as lions or tigers if they escape from a zoo, but because of our image of baby chimps, we don’t always think of it that way. … They’re incredibly strong.”

  • American_flag_eagle_max50


    almost 4 years ago


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

  • Fake_sunset_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    haha this made my day

  • 0206001741_max50


    almost 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


    almost 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


    almost 4 years ago


    That thing belongs in a zoo.

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    almost 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


    almost 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


    almost 4 years ago


    Is there a Trunk Monkey for this sorta thing?

  • Matt_max50


    almost 4 years ago


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

  • Koda_thanksgiving_max50


    almost 4 years ago


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

  • 1393794_10151798561878138_392793313_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    oj boy

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 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


    almost 4 years ago


    enough monkeying aroud lol ! wow what a wild monkey

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    almost 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


    almost 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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