A man was arrested in Florida for throwing a live alligator into a Wendy’s drive-through window, according to reports.
The incident, which took place in October, was described by the man’s parents as a “stupid prank” gone wrong.
Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals this week following an investigation. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said he pulled up to the window at a Wendy’s location in Royal Palm Beach at around 2:15 a.m. and threw the gator into a window after a worker gave him a drink, according to WPTV.
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The FWC shared a photo of the live 3-1/2-foot alligator inside the Wendy’s. It was removed by authorities and released into a canal.
James allegedly admitted to having picked up the gator from the side of the road before tossing it. His charges include felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator, and second-degree larceny petit theft, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said, according to the Palm Beach Post.
“It was just a stupid prank that he did that’s now turning into this; it’s stupid,” James’ mother told WPTV. “He’s a prankster. He does stuff like this because he thinks it’s funny.”
The Post reported that James has not been released on bail as of Monday afternoon.