Alligator kills burglary suspect in Florida

December 9, 2015 1:43 pm

A 3.5 metre-long alligator has killed a burglary suspect who apparently jumped into a lake to evade arrest.
United
States police say Matthew Riggins, 22, went missing on November 13,
after telling his girlfriend he planned to go to the town of Barefoot
Bay to commit burglaries with another suspect.
10 days later, divers found Riggins’ body – missing parts of both legs and an arm – in a lake in the town.
Authorities also determined that an alligator in the water appeared to be behaving aggressively.
After
the reptile was removed from the lake and euthanised, authorities
analysed the contents of the gator’s stomach and confirmed the remains
were Riggins’.

 Police say Matthew Riggins, 22, went missing on November 13, after
telling his girlfriend he planned to go to the town of Barefoot Bay to
commit burglaries with another suspect. Photo / Supplied

The night he went missing authorities had received
calls about two suspicious men trespassing near homes in Barefoot Bay,
which led police to hypothesise that Riggins had jumped into the water
to avoid arrest.
Tod Goodyear, from the local sheriff’s office in Brevard County, called Riggins’ death “unfortunate”.
“The person was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he told local TV.
Florida wildlife officials say that since 1948, there have been 22 known deaths caused by alligators in the state.

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