Fla. man arrested for tossing alligator thru Wendy's drive-thru window

8 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, February 09 2016 Feb 9, 2016 February 09, 2016 10:33 AM February 09, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues
Image: KGW-TV

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - While alligators are pretty common sight throughout the Sportsman’s Paradise and the Sunshine State alike, the last place you’d expect to to encounter a flying version of the reptile is when you're waiting to collect your four-piece order of spicy chicken nuggets and medium-sized Frostie.

A worker at a Wendy’s just east of Loxahatchee, Florida, experienced just that back in October when a man allegedly tossed a three-foot-long gator into the window of the restaurant.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 23-year-old Joshua James, of Jupiter, Florida, pulled up to the drive-thru window to pick up his order, took his drink from the employee and then threw the alligator inside the restaurant.

James now faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (alligator) along with illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator. He also had an outstanding theft charge with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened last October, but U.S. Marshals didn’t take James into custody until this week, according to WPTV.

WPTV said police responded to the scene at the Wendy’s after the gator tossing to secure the reptile and tape its mouth shut. The alligator was then taken to a nearby canal where it was released after the tape was removed.

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