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Suspect Who Caused Dallas Zoo Shutdown In Custody

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Wanted probation violator Brynell McFarland. (credit: Dallas Police Dept.)

Wanted probation violator Brynell McFarland. (credit: Dallas Police Dept.)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)- After nearly seven days on the run, Dallas police have arrested the wanted probation violator who caused a shutdown at the Dallas Zoo last week.

On Thursday, May 5, police arrested Brynell McFarland. The 23-year-old was wanted on a probation violation for Aggravated Robbery.

Last week, when officers tried to serve a warrant for McFarland, he ran from an apartment and scaled a large fence leading into the Dallas Zoo.

McFarland was able to reach the “Giants of the Savannah” section of the zoo. The habitat has everything from elephants and giraffes, to lions and cheetahs.

Dallas SWAT, K-9, and Air One were all involved in the hunt for McFarland, but he managed to elude arrest.

Police began watching the apartment of McFarland’s girlfriend. After covert officers spoke with the girlfriend and an associate of McFarland they determined the suspect was hiding in the apartment.

Police locked down the apartment, in the 3500 block of Wilhurt, and surrounded the building. McFarland was taken into custody without resistance.

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