Dallas police make arrest in connection with monkeys at Dallas Zoo
In America's Most Wanted news, a man has been arrested in connection with a recent theft of monkeys at the Dallas Zoo.
According to a release from the Dallas Police Department, police arrested Davion Irvin, 24, on February 2, in connection with the case involving emperor tamarin monkeys at the Dallas Zoo.
Two tamarin monkeys named Bella and Finn were reported missing on January 30. In an ensuing investigation, the Dallas Police Department suggested that the monkeys had been intentionally taken from their enclosure.
The monkeys were found on January 31, after Dallas police received a tip that the monkeys were at an abandoned home next door to a church in Lancaster. The monkeys have been returned to the zoo.
The missing monkeys became national news.
Police were seeking information about this man spotted at the Dallas Zoo. DPD
The man was found with help from the public, including an identification of who he was. On Thursday, Dallas police received a tip that Irvin was seen at the Dallas Aquarium near animal exhibits.
Officers saw Irvin get onto a DART rail, then later spotted him in the 1400 block of Pacific and took him to Jack Evans Headquarters for questioning.
Irvin has been charged with six counts of Animal Cruelty- non-livestock, in connection to the tamarin monkey case. He's been taken to the Dallas County Jail.
UPDATE 2-3/2023 4:15 pm: Irvin has also been charged with two counts of burglary to a building. These charges are in connection to the clouded leopard and tamarin monkey cases.
But Irvin is not currently linked to the death of a a lappet-faced vulture that occurred on January 21. According to the police, that investigation is separate and still ongoing.
Irvin has been linked with to the clouded leopard, langur monkey, and tamarin monkey case.The investigation into all cases at the zoo are ongoing and further charges are possible.