Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Florida criminal eaten by 11 foot long alligator

Authorities say a burglary suspect was killed by an 11-foot gator while hiding from authorities in a Florida pond.

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. 

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.

Due to trauma observed on the body, a FWC trapper was called and an alligator approximately 11-foot in length was trapped and euthanized.

Brevard County Sheriff's Office says the forensic examination of the alligator located remains consistent with the injuries to Riggins inside the alligator’s stomach.

Moral of the story: Don't become a burglar burger to a gargantuan gator.

                                         The genius himself, while still in possession of all his arms and legs.


  1. Heard this on the news this morning and the news person must have had a dark sense of humor which I found so refreshing. He said, "forensics were piecing together evidence from the gators stomach" I almost pissed myself. This newsman deserves a raise!

  2. Seems a shame to "euthanize" the gator...


    1. I think they offed the gator because he attacked the people going into the lake to recover poor Mr. Burglar's body. Then, they had to necropsy it to find Mr. Burglar's missing parts.
      It does seem a shame, though.

  3. I hereby nominate Mr. Riggins for a Darwin Award. Well done sir.