GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KUSA) -- Grand Junction police are looking for a man who stole a pet monkey from a woman Monday morning.
Police say the monkey's owner, a Missouri woman, was selling the black
cap Capuchin monkey. The woman met the man in the parking lot of La
Quinta Inn off Interstate-70 around 6 a.m.
While outside the hotel, the man sprayed the woman in the face with
pepper spray, grabbed the pet carrier containing the monkey, and took
off on foot.
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Police do not know if the man was able to get into a vehicle, or which
direction he was heading. The woman suffered non-life threatening
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.
Police say it is illegal to possess a black cap Capuchin Monkey in Colorado.
If anyone saw anything suspicious in the or have more
information about this incident, please call 970-242-6707 or Crime
Stoppers at 970-241-STOP.
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