Woman Assaulted and Robbed of Pet Monkey
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. An bizarre transaction between two people in Grand Junction turned criminal, early Monday morning. It took place in the parking lot of the La Quinta Inn.
Kate Porras, Police Information Coordinator for the Grand Junction Police Department, said, "She and this suspect had agreed to meet in the parking lot of the hotel at about at 6 o' clock this morning to make the transaction. Obviously, he decided he had other plans for her."
The woman was selling her pet monkey, however the suspect had no intention of buying it.
"When he and she met he ended up pepper spraying her, grabbing the monkey which was in a carrier at the time and then taking off," Porras said.
The victim ran inside the hotel and an employee called 911.
"This woman was assaulted. Not only was she pepper sprayed, she had some other injuries as well," said Porras.
The price tag of her monkey: $7,500. Police authorities say they haven't dealt with anything quite like this, mainly because these animals are illegal in Colorado.
Mike Porras, Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said, "They're taking a big risk when they do bring them into state."
"We're looking for any kind of evidence or information we can get, so if that's surveillance video or other people who may have seen something suspicious, or someone who noticed a gentleman with a monkey," said Kate.
As for finding the stolen primate, "We would confiscate and relocate it to a state that has a sanctuary that would be able to take this primate," said Mike. Hopefully getting it out of harms way, for good.
The woman described the suspect as a middle-eastern male, 35 to 40 years old, 5’5″ tall, thin build with a short beard. He was wearing glasses, a blue shirt and possibly a vest.
If anyone saw anything suspicious in this area Monday morning, or has more information about this incident, please call 970-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP.
Charges against the woman for having the illegal monkey in Colorado are out of police jurisdiction. They've referred this portion of the investigation to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.