Tim Stark, the unconventional and erratic owner of Southern Indiana’s Wildlife In Need roadside zoo who’s been on the run from local authorities for weeks, has been arrested in New York, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

a man standing in front of a monkey: Tim Stark cuddles several monkeys on the property at Wildlife in Need in Charlestown.

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Tim Stark cuddles several monkeys on the property at Wildlife in Need in Charlestown.

Stark was taken into custody overnight in Washington County, which borders Vermont and is near the city of Albany, Clark County Chief Deputy Scott Maples told The Courier Journal on Thursday.


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A warrant for Stark’s arrest was issued on Sept. 16 in Indiana. The Wildlife In Need owner had been accused of hiding animals from his controversial roadside zoo from officials who were taking the animals to the care of the Indianapolis Zoological Society. Thirteen days later, a separate felony arrest warrant was issued after Stark was accused of threatening Indiana’s deputy attorney general in March as the state official was inspecting Stark’s facility.

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Additional details about Stark’s arrest in New York were not immediately available.

Stark published a Facebook Live video on Sept. 30, as he was on the run from authorities. He railed against those who had filed the charges over the course of the nearly hourlong video, at one point brandishing a hand grenade and saying it was “self-protection” in case authorities attempted to take him into custody. He would not reveal his location but said he would not return to Indiana unless the warrants for his arrest were rescinded.

This story will be updated.

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