Advertisement
  1. Breaking News

Watch deputies corral a 5-foot gator outside a Brandon Waffle House

The deputies wrangled, corralled and eventually subdued the alligator near the Waffle House on Brandon Boulevard.
Published Jan. 2, 2019

BRANDON — Hillsborough deputies apprehended a reptilian loiterer on Tuesday evening who started their 2019 by taking a ride in the back of a sheriff's cruiser.

The deputies wrangled, corralled and eventually subdued a 5-foot alligator near a familiar haunt for New Year's revelers, the Waffle House off State Road 60.

Video captured by Tampa Bay Times staff photographer Luis Santana shows a crowd gather as the deputies made several attempts to take the alligator into custody.

That included numerous attempts to toss blankets over the gator's head to blindfold and subdue it.

After a few missed shots and what may be the slowest foot chase in the 174-year history of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the deputies were able to get onto the gator's back, tape its jaw and legs together and then load it into the back of a cruiser.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

  1. Polk deputies investigate an incident Monday night in which two men walking along a roadway were killed after a semi crossed the white line and hit them. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
  3. This is a breaking news story. Check back with tampabay.com for updates.
  4. This is a breaking news story. Check back with tampabay.com for updates.
  5. This is a breaking news story. Check back with tampabay.com for updates.
  6. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  7. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  8. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  9. Surveillance footage shows thieves breaking into the Trulieve medical marijuana dispensary on U.S. 19, according to Clearwater police. The break in happened less than an hour after a similar burglary at a store on Clearwater Beach. [Clearwater Police]
  10. Tanner Donald Hackman, 22, of Clearwater, faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. This photo was taken after a 2018 arrest. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  11. School employees Jarvis Delon West, left, and Dontae Antonio Thomas, right, were both arrested in connection with the assault and injury of a 12-year-old boy who attended AMIkids in Pinellas Park. The state shut the school down. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  12. Kite boarders take advantage of windy conditions on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Windy weather caused some delays at Tampa International Airport. The expected cold also prompted Pinellas officials to open cold weather shelters Friday. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement