Fla. gator eats suspected burglar hiding near lake: deputies
New York Daily News
ALFRED NG 8 hrs ago
© Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Booking photo of Matthew Riggins.
A Florida alligator took a bite out of crime.. (cue Horatio Cain with sunglasses: YEEEEEEEEAAAAH!)
A suspected burglar died from an alligator attack while hiding from police near Barefoot Bay, Brevard County sheriffs said.
Authorities found Matthew Riggins’ drowned body on Nov. 23 in a lake, and were almost attacked by an aggressive 11-foot alligator near it, Major Tod Goodyear said in a statement.
After the gator was euthanized by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, forensic investigators found Riggins’ hand and foot inside the reptile’s stomach, officials said.
“He hid in the wrong place,” Laura Farris, a Barefoot Bay resident told Bay News 9.
Several hours before his attempted break-in, Riggins told his girlfriend he would be at Barefoot Bay to rob homes, officers said.
On Nov. 13, at about 2 a.m., deputies responded to that area after hearing reports of two suspicious men dressed in black.
When officers approached the two, the burglary suspects fled and hid near the lake.
While hiding, Riggins called his girlfriend and said he was being chased by deputies.
Police found the alligator attack victim’s alleged partner-in-crime, who has not been cooperative, cops said.
*The poor gator