Florida Man Robs Wendy’s With Alligator

The unlikely true crime story of a man and a baby alligator

Christopher Kokoski
5 min readMar 22, 2021


Joshua James mug shot for Florida Man Robs Wendy’s With Alligator
Joshua James — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — Source

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” — Albert Einstein

Anything is possible in Florida — including brazen theft of a fast-food restaurant with a deadly reptile.

On October 11, 2015, Joshua Douglas James hurled a baby alligator into a drive-thru window of a Wendy’s in Loxahatchee, Florida. It’s a bizarre story of a misguided prank, theft, and dangerous assault with a savage animal.

Committing crimes with animals is nothing new. Stories abound of men and women using venomous snakes, rats, and pigs to murder dozens of people and dispose of their dead bodies.

However, even in the “Sunshine State,” no one expected a flying alligator.

The Baby Alligator

According to his own testimony, James, 22, found a 3.5-foot baby American alligator on the side of the road.

Finding and catching wild animals is apparently a regular occurrence for the Florida native and his buddies. Catching alligators without a license is illegal, but that doesn’t stop everyone from…



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