Police make arrest in death of monkey at zoo

On Saturday, police were investing an early morning break-in at the Boise zoo. A monkey was found dead shortly after suspects were spotted and ran off.

 

BOISE, Idaho — Police in Idaho say a 22-year-old man is facing felony burglary and grand theft charges after the death of a monkey at the Boise zoo.

Boise police say Michael J. Watkins of Weiser, Idaho, was arrested in the case Monday afternoon.

More details are expected at a news conference taking place Monday night.

The patas monkey was found dead of blunt force trauma to the head and neck early Saturday morning, shortly after a zoo security guard frightened away two male intruders.

Police are still seeking at least one other man suspected in the case, but his identity and details about his relationship to Watkins have not been released.