Officers responded to a suspect of a different kind Wednesday afternoon and had to attempt to corral a small bobcat that wandered into a resident's backyard.
The animal was spotted around 5:49 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of East Hidden Springs Lane. The young animal, about 20 pounds, was seen lounging on top of a resident's spa cover, according to scanner reports.
Another resident in the neighborhood reported some of their chickens had been killed earlier that day, said Lieutenant Joe Ward. It was unknown if the bobcat was the culprit.
The animal was reportedly unafraid of officers who got within a few feet of it.
Monrovia Animal Control arrived later in the evening and hit the bobcat with a tranquilizer, but the animal escaped. Officers continued to search for the creature, but could not find it, police said.