Indianapolis police have captured a ‘very aggressive’ fugitive monkey named Momo who raised hell in his neighborhood after escaping his owner’s house.
The monkey fled from Wayne Pham’s home in the Irongate neighborhood in east Indianapolis Wednesday evening and and evaded local cops overnight, clambering on neighbor’s cars, necking cans of beer from trash cans and even injuring locals.
‘Momo the monkey has been captured safely. That was more than enough monkey business for us,’ police said Thursday.
Momo appeared to be disappointed with his rescue in a photo shared by Indianapolis police, where a man is seen grasping him close and holding onto his tail.
During a sighting of Momo Thursday morning, Pham attempted to lure the animal out of a tree with a peach, reported Fox 59.
Authorities said the escapee was running down a street on the east side of the city when a dog barked at him, causing him to jump into some trees.
The Indianapolis Zoo told WTHR Momo is a patas monkey, which are well-known as the fastest primate on land, capable of running over 30 mph.
Multiple photos and videos have emerged on social media from neighbors who spotted the escape artist roaming through their yards, clambering on cars and even scratching on doors.
‘There are reports of minor injuries from the monkey but we can’t confirm it is from bites,’ police said.
Stunned resident Karri Harbert shared a video on Facebook of the escaped Momo nonchalantly walking across the hood of her car.
‘I was starting to get out of my car again and the police (several of them) pulled up and told me to stay in the car that there is a very aggressive monkey on the loose,’ wrote Harbert.
Other videos show him strolling through the neighborhood and roaming around people’s lawns.
Another woman claimed he broke into her garage and drank from her Pepsi can.
‘He ran up in my garage, pinned against the door and I had to take a stool and put it between me and the monkey to kind of dodge the monkey away until I got into the house,’ she said.
Pham posted in the ‘Indy pets: Lost & Found‘ Facebook group pleading for help to find his missing monkey.
‘Please if you see him don’t approach him just call police or animal control,’ wrote Pham.
In the post he shared photos of Momo snacking Lays potato chips, revealing his taste for junk food.
According to Pham’s previous posts in the group, this is not the first time Momo has made a great escape.
On July 10, he shared that Momo had gotten loose and was later found.
Indiana is one of the 24 states where it is legal to own a pet monkey.
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