Judge Alters Bond for Alleged Monkey Thief


An emperor tamarin monkey sits on a branch | Image by Smithsonian's National Zoo

A local judge has altered the bond conditions for the man accused of freeing a leopard and stealing two monkeys from the Dallas Zoo.

Davion Irvin is allegedly responsible for cutting open a clouded leopard’s enclosure, leading to it briefly going missing, along with the high-profile theft of two emperor tamarin monkeys, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

A vulture also mysteriously died in the Dallas Zoo last month. Irvin has not been linked to the incident, but the case is still under investigation.

Irvin was booked into the Dallas County Jail on February 2. He faces six charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals in addition to two charges of burglary of a building.

Irvin’s bond has been set at $130,000. According to the county jail, the magistrate judge overseeing Irvin’s case is Judge John Butrus.

The judge has recently modified Irvin’s bond conditions, according to Fox 4.

Should he make bail, Irvin would be required to wear an electronic leg monitor and stay away from both the zoo and the Dallas World Aquarium along with “any building and/or company engaged in the display or sale of animals,” as reported by Fox 4.

The state requested these changes be made to Irvin’s bond conditions after an arrest affidavit showed that he told police officers he would steal the animals again if he had the opportunity.

According to Dallas police, Irvin waited until dark on the night of January 28, climbed a wall to trespass into the zoo, cut open a mesh enclosure, and stole two emperor tamarin monkeys named Bella and Finn.

The monkeys have since been recovered and returned to the zoo.

Earlier this week, Dallas Zoo officials revealed updates the zoo is making to the facility’s security measures following these breaches.

Dallas Zoo Associate Director Sean Greene described the crimes allegedly committed by Irvin as “unprecedented” and the security breaches as “unacceptable.”

The enhanced security measures include a strengthened perimeter fence, an expanded security camera system, and motion detection alarms, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

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Anna W.
Anna W.
1 month ago

If the Zoo isn’t secure, he will do it again, What’s next. We are saying to him, do whatever you can want too.

Needs a good, A$$ whooping.

1 month ago

Once he said he would do it again, his bail should have been revoked. I mean, seriously?

1 month ago

It probably will happen again and this time an animal will die as a result. Thank you judge, not

fed up with Dallas County
fed up with Dallas County
1 month ago

“The state requested these changes be made to Irvin’s bond conditions after an arrest affidavit showed that he told police officers he would steal the animals again if he had the opportunity.”

Why isn’t this honest man running for Mayor or City Council? [/sarc]