Wanted Man Wins Hide-and-Seek at Zoo

One person in custody, a second is still on the run

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 12:24 PM CDT
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The Dallas Zoo was evacuated while police searched for a wanted man who ran from police and hid in the Giants of Savanna exhibit.

Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com

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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The search continues for a wanted man who ran from police and hid in the Dallas Zoo Friday, police say

Officials said Dallas police officers were serving a warrant on the 1200 block of Ewing for Brynell McFarland, 23, who is wanted for a probation violation on an aggravated robbery charge.

Before a perimeter was set up, McFarland and a second man slipped out the back door and scaled a large fence that led to the south side of the Dallas Zoo.

Dallas police evacuated the zoo and searched the zoo for several hours, finding only the second man who was lying down in a heavily wooded area.

McFarland was believed to be hiding out in the Savanna exhibit, a habitat that houses elephants, giraffes, cheetahs and lions. At this time, McFarland is no longer believed to be in the zoo and has eluded capture.

Dallas police say McFarland should be considered armed and dangerous.

The zoo has been reopened to the general public.

NBC DFW's Ashanti Blaize and Julie Tam contributed to this report.

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