A shirtless, muddy man claiming to be Tarzan was arrested on Tuesday, the Santa Ana Police Department confirmed, after allegedly breaking into the Santa Ana Zoo in California.
According to the L.A. Times, John William Rodenborn scaled the 20-ft. walls of the zoo on Tuesday morning and started swinging from trees, screaming “I am Tarzan” and insisting that he was just there to have a good time. The 37-year-old also attempted to enter the monkey exhibit and several other animal enclosures.
The zoo’s staff quickly moved visitors away from the aviary, where Rodenborn eventually decided to roost.
“For clearing people out, we did the same thing for an agitated person as we would for an escaped agitated monkey,” Kent Yamaguchi, the zoo’s director, told ABC 7.
After moving the guests, Yamaguchi called 911 for assistance.
“We have a gentleman who appears to be under the influence of something and is climbing in our trees and jumping into animal exhibits,” Yamaguchi says in the 911 call.
“Oh. Okay, wow,” the dispatcher responds.
Police arrived at the zoo shortly after the call and arrested Rodenborn after a brief chase.
“He was found to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine and under the influence of crystal methamphetamine. He was booked here at the Santa Ana Jail,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.
None of the zoo’s animals were harmed during the incident.
The Santa Ana Police Department confirmed that Rodenborn was arrested on Tuesday and is now facing misdemeanor charges for possession and trespassing. Rodenborn has yet to enter a plea.
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