Florida man charged after allegedly tossing live gator through Wendy’s drive-thru window

Joshua James and Gator allegedly tossed into Wendy's
Joshua James and Gator allegedly tossed into Wendy's (Screen capture and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida man is facing charges after allegedly tossing an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window.


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Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, petit theft, and unlawful possession of an alligator, according to NBC News.

According to WPTV, James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach. He decided to hurl the live gator through the drive-thru window.

“It was a stupid prank,” James’ mother Linda told WPTV.

He allegedly tossed the gator after he received a drink at the restaurant’s drive-thru window.

James was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals this week and Palm Beach County jail records show a man with the same name and other details was booked Monday.

The incident originally occurred in October.