A 24-year-old Texas man has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two tamarin monkeys from Dallas Zoo.Davion Dwight Irvin was taken into
A 24-year-old Texas man has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two tamarin monkeys from Dallas Zoo.
Davion Dwight Irvin was taken into custody near Dallas Aquarium on Thursday and charged with animal cruelty.
He was booked into the Dallas County Jail but it is unclear at this time if he has bonded out.
It came after officers found the monkeys inside an empty church that was also filled with cats, birds and other small animals.
Meanwhile Irvin was shown in eerie security footage creeping around the zoo apparently eyeing up animal enclosures.
Two days later, the zoo again would find itself seemingly targeted, when two emperor tamarin monkeys went missing from their own enclosure, which also had been cut into. The were found in an abandoned home on Tuesday. One of the monkeys are pictured in the home here
The video captured him lurking around the mesh enclosures at an animal habitat near the Dallas World Aquarium, before being caught.
The exotic monkeys were found on Tuesday by officials inside a church closet in Lancaster, approximately 15 miles away from the Dallas zoo.
The animals were unharmed though temperatures inside the building were only 37 degrees, officials said.
Police were tipped off when the church pastor told them that Irvin may be the same person who has been breaking into their church.
When officials went to the empty church to investigate the burglaries they had found a slew of other animals inside including, cats and birds.
Sources told WFAA they are looking into the possibility that Irvin is connected to all the incidents that took place at the Dallas zoo in the prior weeks.
The church pastor’s daughter, Tonya Thomas said members from the church had recognized Irvin attending services at the church.
She told the authorities about a series of break-ins happening at the church that they were renovating into a community center.
Irvin was caught after surveillance cameras at the zoo captured him lurking around the area where the exotic monkey’s disappeared.
Sources told WFAA that prior to the monkeys been snatched Irvin had been spotted in areas that are for staff only.
Sources also told the news outlet that Irvin had been inquiring about the clouded leopard that disappeared about thee weeks ago from its enclosure after its cage had been cut. The animal was eventually found.
Over the last few weeks there have been a series of other calamities happening at the zoo, including a vulture who was found with what appeared to be some type of puncture, and also some fish and other items had been stolen.
Video surveillance of the 24-year-old suspect, Davion Dwight Irvin
Officers have yet to make an arrest in the case, which serves to compound another mystery currently unfolding 400 miles away in Dallas, where a series of similar incident has left both local and federal investigators at a loss
Zoo officials would not provide any further details regarding the vulture’s death, refusing to do so until police progress further with their investigation. Cops are pictured at the zoo – located just a six hours’ drive from Broussard – last month
The first of the bizarre incidents occurred on January 13, when a clouded leopard named Nova (pictured) suddenly went missing from its enclosure. The cat was found safe hours later
On January 21, a 35-year-old endangered vulture named Pin was found dead, with the zoo issuing a statement saying that its death did not appear to be ‘natural’
Earlier this month, authorities in Dallas have had their hands full with a separate investigation, following a series of incidents that have transpired in recent weeks, which have seen several animals snagged, tampered with, and even killed.
The first of the bizarre incidents occurred on January 13, when a clouded leopard named Nova suddenly went missing from its enclosure.
The event sparked a day-long search for the 25-pound feline, which was eventually tracked down by cops a few hours later just off the zoo property. It was subsequently returned to its enclosure safe and sound.
Forced to close down during the search for the carnivorous cat, the zoo resumed operations as normal the next day – until it was discovered that a second habitat – one housed a breed of monkey known as langurs – had also been cut into.
Fortunately, the hole was discovered before any of the animals could escape.
A police report later alleged the incidents were both a result of ‘criminal mischief’ spurring zoo staffers to implement a series of added security measures including the installation of additional cameras and increased security patrols at night.
A week later, a 35-year-old endangered vulture was found dead inside its habitat, causing the zoo to again go to the local police department, this time asking for help in its own investigation – which found that the vulture’s cause of death was from a wound.
It was soon discerned the vulture’s passing was likely the result of foul play, with officials deeming it ‘suspicious.’
Two days later, the zoo again would find itself seemingly targeted, when two emperor tamarin monkeys went missing from their own enclosure, which also had been cut into.
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