Man is bitten after jumping into alligator farm in St. Augustine


No details were available as to why the man jumped into the exhibit, which featured three 12-foot crocodiles, the report showed.

- A Florida man was injured after jumping into a crocodile pit at an alligator park in St. Augustine.

Brandon Keith Hatfield, 23, allegedly navigated several barriers at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, and suffered a bite to his leg and foot, according to a statement from the St. Augustine Police Department officials, who reviewed surveillance video from the animal farm. "It was later discovered the two calls were related", police said.

Hatfield was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and violation of probation.

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"He jumped off a five to six-foot structure into about two feet of water, then climbed up on the 20-foot structure later, which we know from the blood trail", John Brueggen, the director of the farm, told the Florida Times-Union. "In our 125-year history, this is the first time anyone has tried to go swimming with the crocodiles".

"In the video you can see the defendant trying to fight off the crocodile and he managed to get away", the report said.

Hatfield was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for surgery.

"I would think he's on some sort of drugs", Bruggen said. He caused about $5,000 worth of damage and is being held without bond.