(PINELLAS PARK, Fla.) — An alligator in Florida took a bite out of crime — literally.
Bryan Zuniga, 20, was running away from police after allegedly committing a traffic violation and driving without a license while driving in Pinellas Park, Fla.
Zuniga, fleeing on foot, attempted to hide at a water treatment plant in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla. That’s when he came face to face with a female alligator who had recently laid eggs. The alligator, which at 6 feet long was 4 inches bigger than Zuniga, was probably defending herself and her eggs when she attacked him.
Zuniga was able to get away and police were able to take him into custody, but not before taking him to get some stitches.
According to Zuniga’s father, who spoke briefly with ABC’s News, his son only suffered some scratches in the tussle with the mama gator, but officials say that he suffered a few bites, leaving puncture wounds in his arm and armpit.
“When you do trouble, trouble comes to you,” a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous said of Zungia’s unfortunate encounter with the gator. “He got what he deserved.”
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