Mauled man charged with trespassing at Bronx Zoo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A man mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo has been charged with criminal trespass.

Police said Saturday that authorities delivered a desk appearance ticket to David Villalobos in the hospital where he's recuperating.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says the 25-year-old told investigators he deliberately leaped into a zoo exhibit because he wanted to "be one with the tiger."

Villalobos remained hospitalized in stable condition Saturday with bites and punctures and a broken arm and a leg caused by the jump Friday from an elevated train that circles the exhibit.

Browne says that when a police officer asked Villalobos why he did it, he responded, "Everybody in life makes choices."

It's unclear if Villalobos has an attorney; attempts to reach relatives on Saturday were unsuccessful.

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