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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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  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    I the City Officials had not gotten cold feet when Archigo threatened to sue back in 1995 all the problems would have been solved. As for me, if a 300 lbs animal of any kind is breaking out my windshield it's going to get shot.

  • Images_7a8ec2bec1e1bf7f38b54b52a8c9c453_max50

    gcoleman

    over 3 years ago

    2248 Comments

    Bad monkey and the chimp too.

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50

    JessLnC89

    over 3 years ago

    392 Comments

    This is why wild animals shouldn't be allowed as pets. Glad no one was hurt.

  • Th_detective_max50

    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Wild animals are just that, WILD. A 300 lb chimp is not a house pet, regardless of how long it has been in captivity. Last year a large chimp (allegedly tame and a "pet") in the New York area literally ripped of a woman's face and bit off both of her hands as the woman owner of the chimp stood and watched in horror. This 300 lb chimp should be taken from the current owner and placed in a zoo or animal sanctuary where it can live out it's life in peace whilenot being a threat to the general public.

  • Snoopy_6_max50

    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41138 Comments

    Oh the jokes..........

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    DO THE RIGHT THING, DONATE CHIMP TO ZOO, I'M SURE EVEYONE WOULD BE HAPPIER INCLUDING CHIMP

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    the monkey is just being a monkey, the owner is the real monkey

  • Radio2_max50

    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Mr Archigo needs to be locked up for violating the law and for putting lots of people in danger..

  • 911_max50

    fnmc22

    over 3 years ago

    212 Comments

    Lucky this one didnt rip someones face off....People do not need to own these animals...An animal with 300lbs of muscle can cause some serious damage as everyone has seen with that one lady who got her body mangled by one...

  • Jake_max50

    mcp690

    over 3 years ago

    110 Comments

    Nothing to see here, just the usual monkey business

  • Thinker_max50

    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    Need to chain up the owner...

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