Gator used as assault weapon, Florida man arrested for poorly planned prank

February 9, 2016

A South Florida man is facing charges after police say he threw an alligator through a drive-through window.WPTV reported on Monday that a Jupiter resident, 24-year-old Joshua James, was arrested by police and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and illegally capturing an alligator. The incident took place in October at a Wendy’s in Royal Palm Beach.

According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report, James was handed his drink, and when the server turned away, James reached into the back of his truck, picked up the three-and-one-half-foot gator, and threw it through the drive-through window. The suspect’s parents say it was just a harmless prank aimed at a friend who works in that Wendy’s, and the story is being blown out of proportion by the authorities. James admitted to picking up the gator and transporting it to the restaurant.

FWC used a credit card receipt for the soda that James purchased to track him down. In his court appearance on Tuesday, James was ordered to stay out of all Wendy’s restaurants, avoid contact or possession with any animals other than his mother’s dog, to undergo a mental health evaluation and to avoid possessing any weapons. Following the gator toss, the animal was released uninjured in a nearby canal.


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