Weird Criminal Law Stories # 412: Me Tarzan – You Jane

CALIFORNIA: Me Tarzan – You Jane… A man who claimed to be Tarzan was arrested after he climbed a tree and tried to get into a zoo’s monkey exhibit, authorities said. The shirtless man plastered in mud had climbed about 20 feet into tree at the bird exhibit at Santa Ana Zoo. He was apparently high on meth police said when they arrested him.

CONNECTICUT: Nope – no good deed goes unpunished. A man is accused of kidnapping and feeding a man he thought was homeless. David Pope was arrested after he tried to take a 77-year-old man he had seen in Danbury pushing a cart of cans and bottles. Despite refusing his advances, Pope grabbed the man by the arm and forced him back to his house. After being fed by Pope and bit by a pit bull, the man escaped and called police.

DELAWARE: It is apparent that this lady wants to hold on to her youth… Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation home in Delaware. Shattuck, 48, collapsed to her knees in the courtroom after she was sentenced and wept as she apologized. She must also register as a sex offender. The teen victim’s parents said that Shattuck stole their son’s innocence and should be sent to prison. The teen victim who was a classmate of Shattuck’s children told police that that Shattuck began an inappropriate relationship with him that culminated in sexual activity around Labor Day. In 2005 Shattuck became the oldest NFL cheerleader in history up to that time when the Ravens selected her for the squad on her first tryout.

ILLINOIS: The headline read: “Get in mainline.” A police raid on a heroin dealers den was interrupted when nearly a dozen people showed up looking to buy the dope, police said. In the hour and a half that the State police were at the suspected dealer’s house, they located $2,300 in cash and fielded knocks on the door from 10 people who wanted to buy heroin, they said.


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