Florida man jumps into crocodile pit, suffers bite, escapes, gets arrested

Florida man injured after jumping into crocodile pond at St. Augustine Alligator Farm

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A man was arrested on Tuesday, November 6, after breaking into Florida's St Augustine Alligator Farm and diving into a crocodile pit.

While he was being transported to a nearby hospital, another 911 call came in, reporting the alligator farm break-in the previous evening, and authorities realized the two incidents were related.

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. Hatfield then scrambles out of water, leaving behind a trail of blood.

And when he gets out, he'll be facing charges for burglary and criminal mischief.

The alligator farm is a popular tourist attraction in St. Augustine, and Brueggen said it's the first time in the 125-year history of the alligator farm that someone jumped into an exhibit.

The arrest report said security cameras show a 9-foot-long crocodile lunging at the man, who escapes to the edge of the pool.

St. Johns County firefighters said the man, who was suffering from at least one bite wound, was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

An officer reportedly told staff, "Oh, I think we've already got the perpetrator in custody". He caused about $5,000 worth of damage and is being held without bond.

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