CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Tim Stark, the owner of southern Indiana zoo Wildlife in Need, is in custody after being on the run for the last two weeks.
Stark, 55, was arrested on felony warrants by the Granville Police Department in upstate New York, Col. Scottie Maples of the Clark County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WDRB News. Stark is being held at the Washington County Jail.
The warrants were issued in Clark County. The latest warrant for Stark's arrest involved charges of battery and intimidation for allegedly grabbing and threatening an Indiana deputy attorney general during an inspection in March. An earlier warrant alleges that Stark removed animals from the southern Indiana zoo before the state could take custody of them.
Stark has been missing since mid-September. He posted a profanity-laced video to Facebook on Sept. 30 vowing not to go to jail. He taunted authorities to come looking for him and claimed police were trying to "manipulate the judicial system" and had no proof he did anything illegal.
In the video, Stark said he was on the road and didn't knowing where he was headed. He said the only animal he has left is his dog and said, "I will die for what I believe in."
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said Stark's arrest marks an important step toward justice.
"This is just the beginning of a process that we hope will lead to Stark being held accountable for his wrongdoings," Hill said in a news release. "We look forward to Stark’s extradition to Indiana so that he may have his day in court."
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