Florida man strikes again. Yet another peculiar crime has occurred deep in the recesses of the panhandles state, and this time the crime is all bite and no bark. Joshua James, 23, has finally been arrested for allegedly hurling a three-and-a-half foot alligator through the drive-thru window at a South Florida Wendy’s. The incident originally happened in October, but he was just recently taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.
The Jupiter resident allegedly ordered and picked up a drink and then threw the creature into the restaurant. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator; and second-degree larceny petit theft, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that James admitted to picking up the gator on the side of the road and bringing it to the restaurant for the totally unwelcome “prank.” During his first court appearance, a judge ordered James to stay out of all Wendy's restaurants, to avoid contact or possession with any animals other than his mother's dog, and to undergo mental health evaluation, according to the local NBC News affiliate.
The alligator, meanwhile, was released back into the wild.