In Florida, deputies of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a man for car theft, and it may be one of their more unforgettable arrests ever — the man they arrested had his pet monkey clinging on to him.
Police caught 23-year-old Cody Blake Hession on Friday, June 8, for allegedly driving a stolen car from someone he knew. He then crashed the vehicle into a ditch and tried to run away, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Upon his arrest, police discovered the Capuchin monkey named Monk clinging on to his shirt. The diaper-wearing animal was still with Hession — who was already handcuffed — as he got out of the sheriff’s car, as seen in a surveillance video by the Sheriff’s Office posted on Youtube.
The suspect told deputies that he got Monk three years ago from a breeder in South Carolina. However, Hession does not have the required permit to keep the animal. He reasoned out to authorities that the state did not require him to have license or permit in keeping the pet.
Monk was then taken into possession by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The monkey was later brought to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary.
Meanwhile, Hession was charged with auto theft. He was booked into the Land O’ Lakes detention center and is being held there for a $5,000 (P265,400) bond. Katrina Hallare/JB