Florida man accused of breaking into alligator farm is attacked by crocodile, leaves Croc shoe behind
Nov 7, 2018 12:11 PM
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is home to a variety of alligators and crocodiles. Recently, a man broke into the park and was attacked.
By Ashley May, USA TODAY
A man who allegedly broke into an alligator farm in Florida and jumped into a pool of crocodiles was found Tuesday morning bloody and crawling through a woman's yard, local authorities say.
At around 7:45 p.m. EST, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park said a man broke into the property and then jumped into a pool full of crocodiles. The animals are part of new attraction known as the Oasis on the Nile. As captured on surveillance video, one of the crocodiles attacked the man's leg.
The man, who left his clothing and a single Croc shoe behind, then managed to climb up a zipline platform and made his way out of the park into a residential community.
St. Augustine Police arrested Brandon Hatfield, 23, and he is facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief and violation of probation.
In a statement, the park's alligator farm director John Brueggen said he was concerned for the man, but also said "protection against the lunacy and erratic behavior of nighttime trespassers is nearly impossible."
The crocodiles weren't harmed during the incident and the park reports damage to the property is under repair.