Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Fled Into Zoo

Thursday, May 5, 2011  |  Updated 11:53 PM CDT
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Police Search for Alleged Robber in Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo was evacuated April 29 while police searched for Brynell McFarland, who allegedly ran into the zoo to flee officers.

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Police Pursuit Ends with Zoo Evacuation

The Dallas Zoo was evacuated while police searched for a wanted man who ran from police and hid in the Giants of Savanna exhibit.
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Dallas police said Thursday that the man who eluded authorities last week after fleeing into the Dallas Zoo has been arrested.

Police said they arrested Brynell McFarland on Thursday afternoon at the apartment of his girlfriend after covert surveillance for several days.

McFarland, 23, was arrested without incident at about 1:45 p.m.. He was wanted on a probation violation for aggravated robbery.

In a statement on the arrest, police said McFarland's family cooperated with police and tried to convince him to surrender.

McFarland's family is from Louisiana, and his girlfriend is his only connection to Dallas, police said.

On April 29, officers were serving a warrant at a nearby apartment when two men ran and jumped a fence into the zoo.

One of the men was quickly detained and later released. Police evacuated a portion of the zoo while they searched for McFarland.

The zoo was shut down for several hours.


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