Man pepper sprays woman, steals her pet Capuchin monkey

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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 injuries.

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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