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Michael Watkins, Arrested In Monkey Killing, Says He's A 'Nice Guy'

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A man arrested in a zoo break-in that left a monkey beaten to death considers himself one of "those few nice guys out there," according to his Facebook page.

Police believe that Michael J. Watkins, of Weieser, Idaho is one of two men who broke into Zoo Boise in Idaho and were spotted by a security guard at around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The 22-year-old was arrested Monday on charges of felony burglary and grand theft. According to a release from the Boise Police Department, grand theft in this case is defined as being when "property taken or deliberately killed is livestock or any other animal exceeding one hundred fifty dollars ($150) in value."

After the two suspects fled, officials found an injured patas monkey outside of its exhibit, suffering from blunt force trauma to the head and neck. The animal was brought to the zoo hospital and died shortly thereafter.

On social media accounts, Watkins describes himself as kind, trustworthy man that women can trust. "Its [sic] us real, nice guys out there that suffer the chore of earning the trust from those they want," reads a post that appears on both his Facebook and Myspace accounts.

The post also states that "those few nice guys out there carry the burden that those other type of guys have left for us to bare [sic]."

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His Facebook profile also lists his "favorite quote" as Antwone Fisher's poem, "Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?" The poem concludes with:

Who will cry for the little boy?
A good boy he tried to be
Who will cry for the little boy?
Who cries inside of me

Sometime after the incident, the self-proclaimed nice guy sought treatment at a local hospital for injuries to his torso, but his descriptions of how he got hurt "did not seem to mesh up with the injuries," police said at a news conference.

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