Florida: Robbery suspect eaten by alligator while hiding in pond

Florida: Robbery suspect eaten by alligator while hiding in pond
(Image via USA Today FTW)

[Ed. – That’s one to scare the kids straight with.]

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Matthew Riggins drowned as a result of the gator attack.

Riggins and another suspect were in a neighborhood in Barefoot Bay to burglarize homes, Brevard County Sheriff’s officials say. Riggins and the other man were spotted on Royal Palm Boulevard, but eluded authorities. …

His girlfriend called police the next day to report him missing when he never returned home, Brevard Sheriff’s officials say.

The half eaten body of Riggins was found in a Barefoot Bay lake just north of Ocean Avenue Way on Nov. 23. He was missing his lower extremities and part of his arm, deputies told the Orlando Sentinel.

While sheriff dive team members were recovering Riggins’ body when they encountered a large gator “aggressively approaching” them.

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