Florida Man Is Attacked After Leaping Into Farm's Crocodile Exhibit

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2018

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

Authorities say a man was found injured after breaking into a Florida zoo and jumping into a crocodile enclosure.

Try saying this five times fast: A guy wearing Crocs jumped into the crocodile pond at an alligator farm.

Hatfield caused about $5,000 in damage, authorities said.

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Mr Hatfield, who was already facing burglary and damaging property/criminal mischief charges, then made a decision to dive into a pond filled with crocodiles. "It was later discovered the two calls were related", police said. Hatfield then scrambles out of the water, leaving behind a trail of blood.

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. When he sits on the bank of the pool, the "crocodile locks onto his left foot".

"In the video you can see the defendant trying to fight off the crocodile and he managed to get away", the report said. He was taken to Flagler Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

"I would think he's on some sort of drugs", Bruggen said. He was arrested and is being held without bond.

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