Man accused of tossing gator into Wendy's

Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 09:13:12-05

Gator wasn’t on the menu, but one did make an appearance inside a Florida Wendy’s. And it wasn’t by choice.

A Jupiter, Fl. man threw it through the restaurant’s drive-thru window in Royal Palm Beach, Fl., according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) incident report.

It happened in October but the suspect was just taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.

FWC officials say 23-year-old Joshua James pulled up for his order and after a server handed over a drink and turned around James reached into the back of his truck and tossed the 3-and-a-half foot gator through the drive-thru window.

The incident report showed a picture of the gator inside the restaurant.

James faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.

FWC says James admitted to picking up the gator on the side of Southern Boulevard and bringing it to the fast food restaurant.

The alligator was later released in a nearby canal.