FL: 50-inch alligator tail lands Orlando man in
March 30, 2011
An Orlando man accused Tuesday of illegally cutting off a 50-inch
alligator tail told deputies he hacked it with a knife kept in his Taco Bell
Jason Arnold Brewer told an Orange County sheriff's deputy he knocked out
the gator with a piece of wood and tossed the rest of the reptile's body in
the weeds along the St. Johns River.
The 30-year-old man now faces felony charges of killing an American
Alligator without authority and possession of a firearm in the commission of
The report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows Dep. Kris Brooks
spotted Brewer's truck speeding westbound on State Road 50, near Tanner
Road, sometime around 3:29 p.m.
Brooks also noticed he had a broken brake light and stopped him at S.R.
50 and Sherman Road.
While checking Brewer's license, the deputy noticed the alligator tail on
the floorboard and bags of ice, the report shows.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records show alligator
hunting season runs from Aug. 15 to Nov. 1.
Brooks knew it was not alligator hunting season and didn't see the
required tags that trappers pin on the animals when they are legally
The deputy asked Brewer if he was a licensed trapper and he said no. The
deputy also asked if he carried a weapon and he said there was a pistol
under the center console.
After reading Brewer his Miranda rights, he told the deputy he had
earlier parked at the St. Johns River near State Road 50, according to his
arrest report. Brewer spotted a gator along the river bank and struck it in
the head with a large piece of wood.
The blow stunned the gator, allowing Brewer to pull it from the water and
cut off its tail. Brewer said he tossed the gator's body in the weeds. He
told Brooks the knife he used was "in my Taco Bell pants," the report shows.
It's unclear if Brewer works for the fast-food restaurant.
Brewer said he went to a nearby convenience store and bought bags of ice
to keep the alligator tail fresh.
The deputy recovered the knife from Brewer's pants.
Brooks confiscated the alligator tail and firearm. The report shows the
tail was taken to the Sheriff's Office evidence building, where it was
documented and frozen.
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