SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - A Louisiana man has been arrested by Sulphur Police after allegedly breaking into a home while wearing a gorilla suit, according to Mel Estess with Sulphur Police.
The investigation began on Feb. 13, when SPD got a call about a suspicious person in an all-black costume walking the streets and going into residents yards. When officers arrived on the scene they learned a male subject was looking through windows of homes and sneaking through yards.
“Who goes around in a gorilla suit, peeking in windows?,” said one resident.
According to Estess, officers located the suspect, later identified as Jeremie Moran, and gave verbal commands for him to stop. Moran then fled from officers into a home. Police established a perimeter around the home and observed the back door opening, said Estess. Police believed Moran had fled the residence and began attempting to locate Moran on foot.
After a short time officers learned that Moran had not left the house and proceeded to search the home. Estess says Moran was found wearing a black gorilla suit and hiding under a mattress in the home. While officers were attempting to place Moran in handcuffs he was able to break free, with only one wrist cuffed, and began physically resisting officers, said Estess. Police regained control of Moran and successfully placed him under arrest.
Ryan Arnold, a detective with the Sulphur Police Department says they’ve seen a rise in violent crimes within the last year but this case is definitely uncommon.
“Around this time of the year, there’s always an increase in burglary activity or theft activity..it’s definitely around this time of the year, towards the end of the year or first beginning of the year, there’s definitely heightened activity in that aspect,” said Arnold.
“It’s going on 5 years that I’ve been living here and in the last year it’s gotten a lot worse,” said the resident.
Moran was booked into the Sulphur City Jail and is facing charges of simple resisting a police officer with force or violence, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, flight from an officer, and wearing a mask or hood in public places.
LA Rev Stat § 14:313 states that the jail time for wearing a mask in a public place is a punishable crime subject to up to three years of jail time.