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Sulphur Police arrest ‘suspicious person’ in gorilla suit

Posted at 11:42 AM, Feb 21, 2019
Sulphur Police Make Arrest of Suspicious Person in Black Costume
Sulphur Police Make Arrest of Suspicious Person in Black Costume
Jeremie Moran (PHOTO: KPLC)
Jeremie Moran (PHOTO: KPLC)


SULPHUR, La. – Sulphur Police were dispatched to the area of East Lyons Street and Irwin Street in Sulphur on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in reference of a suspicious person wearing an all-black costume walking the streets and going in and out of yards, according to Mel Estess, Public Information Officer.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a male suspect, wearing black pants and black jacket was walking through yards looking through residences.

After a short time, officers located the man, later identified as Jeremie Moran, of Sulphur. As officers gave verbal commands to stop, Moran allegedly ran into a residence through the front door. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence and observed the back door the residence to be open, leading officers to believe Moran ran through the house, Estes stated. Officers were unable to locate him and began canvassing the surrounding area on foot attempting to locate Moran.

While canvasing the area, officers learned Moran never exited the residence. Officers conducted a security sweep of the residence and located Moran hiding under a mattress wearing a black gorilla suit, according to Estes.

Officers started to give loud verbal commands to Moran where Moran complied. Police say while placing handcuffs on Moran, Moran was able to break away from the officers with only one wrist cuffed. Moran started to physically resist officers, officers were able to regain control of Moran where he was arrested and transported to the Sulphur City Jail.

He was later booked on 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 masks or hoods in public places.