- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A judge in Florida told 23-year-old Joshua James on Tuesday to stay away from all Wendy’s restaurants after he was accused of tossing a live, 3.5-foot alligator through a drive-thru window.

The Jupiter, Florida, man was arrested on Monday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, petty theft and unlawful possession of an alligator related to an incident that occurred last October at a Wendy’s drive-thru in Royal Palm Beach.

Authorities claim that Mr. James ordered a drink from Wendy’s, then grabbed a gator from the back of his truck and tossed it through the restaurant’s drive-thru window.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Mr. James admitted to investigators that he found the gator on the side of the road and took it upon himself to haul it to the restaurant. The reptile was later released in a nearby canal after authorities were dispatched to the restaurant.

Speaking to a local news network, his parents described Mr. James as a “harmless prankster” who was trying to play a trick on a friend who worked at the fast-food chain.



“It was just a stupid prank that he did that’s now turning into this; it’s stupid,” mother Linda James told WPTV. “He’s a prankster. He does stuff like this because he thinks it’s funny.”

Mr. James was arrested by U.S Marshals on Monday and appeared before in court for the first time on Tuesday morning where a judge set bond at $6,000 and told him to stay out of all Wendy’s locations.

Mr. James has also been ordered to avoid contact with all animals aside from his mother’s dog, undergo a mental health evaluation and refrain from possessing any weapons, WPTV reported after the initial hearing.

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