Florida man who stomped on an alligator to 'teach it a lesson' arrested
- The man stole the reptile from a tourist attraction in Daytona Beach Shores
- He was seen trying to throw the alligator onto the roof of a nearby shop
- The 32-year-old faces five offenses
A man in Florida, who stole a young alligator from a mini-golf course, stomped on it and tried to throw it onto the roof of a building to “teach it a lesson", was arrested. He has been charged with five offenses.
Identified as William “Bubba” Hodge, the 32-year-old stole the young reptile from a tourist attraction in Daytona Beach Shores, the local police said, as per the New York Post. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety (DBSDPS) spotted a young man carrying the animal down the street. He was also seen trying to throw the alligator onto the roof of a nearby shop and slamming it on the ground by its tail.
When asked why as throwing the alligator in the air by its tail, Hodge told cops he was “teaching it a lesson,” the arrest report shows, according to the New York Post. Hodge immediately surrendered. He admitted that he hopped a fence to an alligator enclosure at Congo River Golf in Daytona Beach and stole the beast. The arrest was made around 3 AM local time, FOX 35 reported.
“Hodge was charged with five offenses, including the felonies of Animal Cruelty, Possession/Injury of an Alligator, and Burglary,” a Facebook post by DBSDPS said.
The animal was safely returned to Congo River Golf.
“The alligator was returned to management of Congo River Golf from where Hodge claimed to have stolen it after a brief wrestling match,” the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
They posted a photograph on Facebook, showing the alligator on the alligator on a sidewalk as officers took the accused into custody. The gator is expected to survive, WESH reported.
The accused is now in custody at the Volusia County Jail. “His bond is set at $4,500, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf,” The New York Post reported.