Violent Crime

Joshua James Arrested for Throwing Alligator Through Florida Wendy’s Drive Thru Window

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a man accused of throwing a live alligator through the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s restaurant.

WPTV reported that Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Fla., faces multiple charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

It allegedly happened at a Wendy’s drive-thru east of Loxahatchee, Fla., in October, but the suspect was just recently arrested.

Officials said the suspect pulled up for his order and the server handed him a drink. When she turned around, he allegedly reached into the back of his truck and threw a 3-and-a-half foot alligator through the drive-thru window.

Authorities said the suspect admitted to picking up the alligator and bringing it to the restaurant. The gator has since been released in a nearby canal, according to WPTVD.

He faces three charges related to the incident: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; unlawful sale, possession or transporting of an alligator; and petty theft. James, 24, was taken into custody and booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Monday, as first reported by NBC affiliate WPTV.

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