Man allegedly pepper sprays woman, steals her monkey

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos below.
If there's one type of person we should be able to rely on in this crazy world of ours, it's a guy we met online who wants to buy a monkey.

Okay, maybe not, as a Missouri woman learned the hard way.

Police say the woman was pepper sprayed and forcibly relieved of a primate said to be worth thousands of dollars, and illegal in Colorado.

To answer your next question: Yes, this is a true story.

The report comes to us from the Grand Junction Police Department, which was contacted by a thus-far-unnamed woman from Missouri about an incident that took place about 6 a.m. yesterday morning.

The location was the parking lot of a La Quinta Inn, just down the road from Grand Junction Regional Airport, still known to many of us natives as Walker Field.

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The La Quinta near Grand Junction's airport.
The woman had come to Grand Junction to sell her monkey, a black cap Capuchin, for $7,500 to a man she'd met online, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel notes.

When the pair rendezvoused, however, the man's hand wasn't filled with cash. Instead, it held pepper spray, which he spritzed into the woman's face before grabbing the pet carrier containing the monkey and running away on foot.

Whether he then got into a vehicle and drove away is unknown. The woman was understandably having a little problem seeing straight at the time.

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Grand Junction Police Facebook page
The description of the monkey thief? He's said to be a 35-40 year old male of Middle Eastern extraction, about five-five in height, with a thin build and a short beard. On the morning in question, he was wearing glasses, a blue shirt and possibly a vest.

Oh yeah: The cops point out that it's illegal to possess a black cap Capuchin monkey in Colorado -- although a representative of Colorado Parks and Wildlife tells the Sentinel there are no plans to prosecute the woman for bringing such a creature here. "Our officers do use discretion," he emphasizes.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to phone 970-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP. Here's a larger look at the missing monkey.

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Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa September 2012: "Birdnapped! Can you help find Alex, stolen parrot with serious medical condition?"

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Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

I guess she shouldn't have asked him if he wanted to touch her monkey.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

McShyster posted: 11 hours ago You cannot import monkeys into the US. A law was passesd back in the 70's that stopped importing. They have a higher chance of carrying rabies and diseases so importation is illegal. You must purchase them from a USDA licensed breeding facility in the United States. The license depends on your location. In some places, even with a permit, they will still be illegal. Here is a bit of information for you that I have personally wrote. I ask that you PLEASE read it. I have nothing against people owning monkeys. I own 2 Capuchins. But, many people do not do the needed research before they purchase one. Many monkeys suffer and even die because of their owners lack of education! 98% of wild exotics (monkeys, large felines, etc.) die within the first 2 years! Please do not be one of those terrible owners! Firstly, they are not pets that live for 10 years. They are a LIFELONG commitment. They live 35-40+ years. (Age varies depending on what type on monkey.) ... My Capuchins are extremely hard work! They both bite, scratch, slap, pull hair, and scream. ALL monkeys do. If someone tells you otherwise, it's a flat out lie. Some owners will try to tell you their monkeys are 'well behaved' because they don't want the laws on owning them to become any stricter. I won't lie, there is no well behaved monkey. They all bite, scratch, pull hair, and scream. It's normal for them. I personally have a great deal of tolerance for them. Their behaviors don't bother me. Yeah, they hurt me sometimes. I don't care. I have unconditional love for them. Are you going to have that kind of tolerance? Can you handle a biting, scratching animal for the next 40+ years of your life? Capuchins can cost up to $11,000. And I know you may not like hearing this, but you CANNOT keep just one monkey. You will need to purchase 2 of them. It'll cost you around $20,000. (For Capuchins) Many owners attempt to keep just one monkey. They think human companionship is enough. I swear to you, it's not! Those particular monkeys will become 100 times more aggressive and attack you every chance they get. They will also become depressed and pace back and forth for hours at a time, scratch until their hair falls out, and even chew on their own limbs to inflict pain. They suffer from extreme depression. So, PLEASE unless you can afford 2 monkeys, don't buy just 1. It will not work out! Also, you will need an outdoor habitat. They are not too costly, but a good habitat will probably run you at a couple thousand dollars. If you are actually planning on getting a monkey, I can give you some great caging ideas. You are going to need one! Trust me, monkeys cannot be cooped up in a house all the time. In fact, they would eventually die without UV light. They need sunshine and a nice place where they can play, hop, jump, and swing like a monkey should!

McShyster
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You cannot import monkeys into the US. A law was passesd back in the 70's that stopped importing. They have a higher chance of carrying rabies and diseases so importation is illegal. You must purchase them from a USDA licensed breeding facility in the United States. The license depends on your location. In some places, even with a permit, they will still be illegal. 


Here is a bit of information for you that I have personally wrote. I ask that you PLEASE read it. I have nothing against people owning monkeys. I own 2 Capuchins. But, many people do not do the needed research before they purchase one. Many monkeys suffer and even die because of their owners lack of education! 98% of wild exotics (monkeys, large felines, etc.) die within the first 2 years! Please do not be one of those terrible owners! 

Firstly, they are not pets that live for 10 years. They are a LIFELONG commitment. They live 35-40+ years. (Age varies depending on what type on monkey.) 
...

My Capuchins are extremely hard work! They both bite, scratch, slap, pull hair, and scream. ALL monkeys do. If someone tells you otherwise, it's a flat out lie. Some owners will try to tell you their monkeys are 'well behaved' because they don't want the laws on owning them to become any stricter. I won't lie, there is no well behaved monkey. They all bite, scratch, pull hair, and scream. It's normal for them. I personally have a great deal of tolerance for them. Their behaviors don't bother me. Yeah, they hurt me sometimes. I don't care. I have unconditional love for them. Are you going to have that kind of tolerance? Can you handle a biting, scratching animal for the next 40+ years of your life? 

Capuchins can cost up to $11,000. And I know you may not like hearing this, but you CANNOT keep just one monkey. You will need to purchase 2 of them. It'll cost you around $20,000. (For Capuchins) Many owners attempt to keep just one monkey. They think human companionship is enough. I swear to you, it's not! Those particular monkeys will become 100 times more aggressive and attack you every chance they get. They will also become depressed and pace back and forth for hours at a time, scratch until their hair falls out, and even chew on their own limbs to inflict pain. They suffer from extreme depression. So, PLEASE unless you can afford 2 monkeys, don't buy just 1. It will not work out! 

Also, you will need an outdoor habitat. They are not too costly, but a good habitat will probably run you at a couple thousand dollars. If you are actually planning on getting a monkey, I can give you some great caging ideas. You are going to need one! Trust me, monkeys cannot be cooped up in a house all the time. In fact, they would eventually die without UV light. They need sunshine and a nice place where they can play, hop, jump, and swing like a monkey should!

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