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Alligator kills Florida burglary suspect hiding from cops

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stg58, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    Hard to feel real bad about a burglar becoming gator food.

    MELBOURNE, Fla. — Brevard County deputies have determined that Matthew Riggins, 22, was killed by an alligator in Barefoot Bay lake on Nov. 23while possibly hiding to avoid law enforcement.

    Investigators say that Riggins had told his girlfriend he would be in Barefoot Bay to commit burglaries with another suspect who is now in custody but not cooperating with officials, according to Maj. Tod Goodyear with BCSO.

    Deputies responded to calls in Barefoot Bay on Nov. 13 that there were two men dressed in black walking behind area houses, who ran from responding officers. Later that day, Riggins was reported missing to the Palm Bay Police Department.

    Police searching the area reported hearing "yelling" but could not determine the source that night, Goodyear said. Ten days later, Riggins' body was found in the lake.

    Matthew Riggins was killed by an alligator after attempting to break into homes in Barefoot Bay, according to BCSO. (Photo: BCSO)

    Sheriff's dive team members encountered an 11-foot alligator behaving aggressively while recovering the body, according to BCSO.

    "When the body was found, it had injuries that were consistent with an alligator attack," Goodyear said. "We had trappers euthanize the gator and when we opened it up, there were some remains inside that were consistent with injuries found on the body."

    Alligator kills Florida burglary suspect hiding from cops
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  2. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    Gators gota eat too....
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  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Now that is an elegant solution to controlling the vermin population around the neighborhood, let's get some more gators...
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  4. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey Site Supporter+

    As an Alabama fan I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but Go Gators:D
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Couldn't happen to a nicer Guy..... and I am sure his Mother says, "He was a Good Boy, just misunderstood.".........
  6. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    * sigh * And he was just turning his life around...
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  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    "9-11, what is the nature of your emergency?"
    "My boy is missing, he ain't come home. He was breaking inna house las night and when the police shows up, he jump inna lake...he call screaming sometin got him...then he stop and he don't come home las night..."
    It appears the only significant loss was a diligent gator being dispatched just to prove he was well fed and on duty.
  8. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

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  9. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Shouldn't have to penalize the gator for saving tax payer money.
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    And just being a Gator, and doing what Gators do..
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  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Such a tragedy.

    They killed the alligator.
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  12. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    Once upon a time...smart humans purposely put 'gators in moats to help deter the would be stupids. Have the smarts been replaced with the stupids?
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