The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a robbery in which a woman’s pet monkey was forcibly taken from her.
Just before 6am today, a woman from Missouri met a man in the parking lot of the La Quinta Inn on Crossroads Blvd. The two had previously agreed to meet so that she could sell the monkey to him. 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. We do not know if he was able to get into a vehicle, or which direction he was heading. The woman was injured during the incident, however those injuries do not appear to be 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.
The monkey is a black cap Capuchin monkey. A picture of the animal is attached. It is illegal to possess this type of animal in Colorado.
If anyone saw anything suspicious in this area this morning, or has more information about this incident, please call 970-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP.