A Florida man has been arrested for tossing a 3 1/2 foot alligator through a Wendy’s drive-through window. His parents called the incident “a stupid prank.”
In October 2015, 24-year-old Joshua James of Jupiter, Florida, drove up to a Wendy’s fast food establishment in Royal Palm Beach. He ordered a soda, with the alligator in tow. None of the employees that night were aware of the gator beforehand.
“While the attendant has her back to the window and is at her register, the male driver reaches across the inside of his vehicle in the passenger area and throws an alligator from his vehicle into the drive through the window,” the police report stated, according to The Washington Post.
The establishment’s security footage caught the reptile crawling around the floor.
A local officer arrived on the scene and transported the alligator to a nearby canal, releasing it back into the wild.
Authorities were able to track down James using his credit card information found on the receipt of his soda purchase. He admitted to having picked up an alligator on the side of the local Southern Boulevard before tossing it through the Wendy’s drive-through window.
He was arrested on Feb. 8 for the incident, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful transporting of an alligator and petty theft.
“It was just a stupid prank that he did that’s now turning into this,” his mother, Linda James, told WPTV. “He’s a prankster. He does stuff like this because he thinks it’s funny.”
Perhaps Mrs. James should not represent her son in court.
Linda James said that her son is not a violent person. He does not have a criminal history.
His parents claim that he knew an employee at the Wendy’s establishment that he was attempting to prank with the alligator tossing.
On Feb. 9, a judge ordered James be barred from contact with any weapons or animals except for his family dog, and to receive a mental health evaluation.
Alligators are a federally protected species, according to The Washington Post.