Saturday, November 17, 2007

Florida alligator takes a bite out of crime

UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 6:45 AM

Poncho's dinner was officially identified as 36-year old Justo Padron. At the time of his unfortunate introduction to Poncho, Mr. Padron was wanted by police for violating his parole on a cocaine possession charge. Once again we see the cocaine/gator nexus at work. Say no to drugs and reduce your chances of suffering an alligator-involved demise.


Thank you, Florida.

Even at the end of an 80-hour week, with the turducken in the oven and 20 people coming for dinner in 5 hours, some stories are so important that you have to take a moment to inform the public.

Stories like this one:

Man killed by gator while fleeing police

This incident is an example of what some of us in law enforcement refer to as a twofer. Like a murder case where one criminal kills another--one bad guy removed from the street by killing, one by going to the penitentiary. In this case, one bad guy who clearly should not have been contributing to the gene pool based on his apparent inability to read numerous BEWARE OF ALLIGATOR signs before diving into a gator-infested retention pond, is dead. The man-eating gator was then also destroyed. Humankind gets a twofer.

The alligator, also known to local authorities for his aggressive behavior, was named "Poncho".


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Vengance thy name was Poncho.

Anonymous said...

I heard this story the other day, and I just knew you would be all over it. Too bad they had to kill Poncho. He could have had his own reality show.

Johnny Yen said...

If Poncho had a taste for felons, perhaps they should have let him live.

Between this story, and the story that the judge who sued those poor tailors for $54 million has lost his job, I may have to re-evalutate my athiesm, and consider the fact that there may just be a kind and just god slowly working his magic.

Dino aka Katy said...

yeah nature won I love those cases. Karma is a bitch - or in this case an alligator

Erik Donald France said...

Literacy is good for something, I guess.

Poor dude -- he may have been a loser, but what an awful way to go.

kim said...

Gators scare the crap out of me. I'd rather be eaten by a bunch of mice.

Dale said...

Unrelated but...have you seen American Gangster yet Bubs? Just curious.

anandamide said...

I don't understand why they put down the Gator. A human is stupid enough to jump in a gator-infested swamp and it's the gator's fault?

I'm surprised Florida didn't make some effort to have all dangerous offenders thrown in the same swamp.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Poor Poncho! He should have gotten a reward or something.

jewgirl said...

I am SCREAMING. Howling with laughter. I love these posts.