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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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  • Policememorial---a_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Sueko need to go to the zoo permanently and Archigo need not only a fine for violating the order not to bring her back into the city and for allowing her to get loose once more, but be billed for the emergency response that his actions caused.

    Congress needs to get off it's ass and pass the Captive Primate Safety Act before we have another fatal attack by one of these "pets".

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Well I'll be a monkeys uncle.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    oh jeez

  • Lapd_detective_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    West Covina, Ca. Had this guy that kept a chimp the same way this nut did. Finally he was forced to give up the chimp. A year later wnen he went to visit his "pet" and opened the cage door. When he did the other chimps ran out and started to attack. They bit his nose off, a few fingers and one testicle.

    Most don't realize that chimps are the most violant of all primeates. In the wild they hunt in packs. They will kill and eat monkeys. Gorillas on the other hand are dosile in comparison, in spite of being so big and strong.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    There should strict rules and Legal Provisions dealing with "what" qualifies as a "Pet".
    The problem is that people -retarded enough- tend to look at Chimps and other Wild Life as "Pets" when they are still small.
    A little Chimp is something "cute" to have around... Untill they reach adulthood...!!! An adult Chimp can easly take a few UFC fighters at once, and have them for breakfast...
    Similar problems happen here in South Florida all the time.
    Rght now we have a BIG problem with Pythons..!!!! People that used to have them as "Pets" have released them, scared of their size, and now they are taken over the Everglades National Park.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Enough monkey business...............Prosecute him ( Monkey ) and send him to bed without his ropes!!!!

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago



    FUNNY: That he (the monkey) pointed and laughed at residents and flipped off an animal control officer.

    NOT SO FUNNY: In that this would appear to be a continual problem with a lengthy history. Archigo continues to place citizens at significant risk for serious injury and somehow believes that he is above the law. I can promise you that no one will be laughing when someone has fallen victim which has resulted in either serious and/or permanent injury or death.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    thank GOD this ended this way.....chimps are WILD ANIMALS...they are not small people. They are even STRONGER than we are...we are very lucky no humans were killed in this rampage

  • Iii_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Do you think there will be a recall on this model trunk monkey?

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I don't like the idea that the chimp was chained or roped around the neck. He needs to stay at the sanctuary.

  • Cuffs_badge_gun_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    No one should have a primate as a pet. These things are VERY strong. Their muscle density is ten times that of ours. A three hundrend pound chimp can destroy the world's strongest man in seconds. The owner sounds like a firsst class idiot.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This Chimp needs to be placed in a zoo and NOT released back to his owner. They are very dangerous animals when they are adults and incredibly strong. I am sure looking back at his antics you could laugh but it really was a dangerous situation. They were fortunate that animal control had a tranquilizer gun. Most places the only option would have been to shoot and kill the chimp.

  • Deputy_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    One of many reasons why people should not have animals like these as pets they're a danger to themselves and others.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    DPD shot the Dallas Zoo Gorilla when it escaped several years ago. Sad it came to that.........

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Zoo is happy for a Gorilla and the man gets a $10,000 plus tax deductible donation. No one gets hurt. WIN-WIN

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