St. Petersburg, FL – A suspect was recently attacked by an alligator while on the run from police.
Authorities explained that 20-year-old Bryan Zuniga received multiple injuries when he was attacked by an alligator during a pursuit on Thursday morning.
The man reportedly ran from deputies after he was pulled over for failing to signal while changing lanes. After the vehicle came to a stop, Zuniga exited through the passenger-side door and made a run for it. Officers said he broke through a nearby fence during his escape.
The suspect soon found his way to a water treatment plant. It was here that Zuniga said he was attacked by an alligator. He was located by authorities a few hours later.
After being picked up by police, Zuniga was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The suspect received several puncture wounds to his face and arm as a result of the alligator attack. He was later hit with several charges, including resisting an officer without violence and driving with a suspended license.
It’s unclear if any attempts have been made to locate the animal that attacked Zuniga.
Once news of the alligator attack started making the rounds, a few of the suspect’s neighbors were asked to comment on the situation. One man said Zuniga should have “just pulled over” when he was stopped by police.
“I always see him walking around. He’s like a cool dude. I don’t really know him or anything but he’s my neighbor. I don’t want this dude getting eaten up by a gator,” Jacob Uliase told WAFB.
This isn’t the first alligator-related incident that’s taken place in the state this year. The Inquisitr reported in April that a six-year-old survived an attack while on a canoeing trip at Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. Although he was bitten by the alligator, the boy received only minor injuries.
What do you think about the suspect who was attacked by an alligator while on the run from Florida police?
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