Florida Man, William “Bubba” Hodge, Accused of Stealing Alligator, Beating It Up to “Teach It A Lesson”

William “Bubba” Hodge, 32, was arrested early Thursday in Daytona Beach Shores, where cops spotted him attempting to launch the gator onto the roof of a business by its tail, police said.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – A Florida man stands accused of stealing an alligator from a miniature golf course and then beating it up in order to “teach it a lesson,” according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.

Police say that they were on routine patrol on South Atlantic Avenue at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Thursday when they say they saw William “Bubba” Hodge, 32, allegedly trying to throw a small alligator by its tail onto the roof of a building, but only succeeded in hitting it against an awning.

Hodge then allegedly hit the reptile into the ground by its tail twice, after which he stomped on it twice and then picked it up and slammed it into the ground once again, according to authorities.


Big Tech is using a content filtering system for online censorship. Watch our short video about NewsGuard to learn how they control the narrative for the Lamestream Media and help keep you in the dark. NewsGuard works with Big-Tech to make it harder for you to find certain content they feel is 'missing context' or stories their editors deem "not in your best interest" - regardless of whether they are true and/or factually accurate. They also work with payment processors and ad-networks to cut off revenue streams to publications they rate poorly by their same bias standards. This should be criminal in America. You can bypass this third-world nonsense by signing up for featured stories by email and get the good stuff delivered right to your inbox.

Police intervened, at which time Hodge immediately put up his hands and surrendered without further incident, cops say.

Hodge reportedly claimed that he had climbed a fence and stolen the alligator from Congo River Golf after having briefly engaged in a wrestling match with it. When asked why he was assaulting the reptile, police say he replied that he was “teaching it a lesson.”

The alligator, which is expected to survive, was returned to management of Congo River Golf.

Hodge was charged with five offenses, including the felonies of Animal Cruelty, Possession/Injury of an Alligator, and Burglary, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.

However, the suspect’s antics didn’t end there; while in custody, police say that Hodge attempted to flood his holding cell by clogging up his toilet and a drain with paper, and threatened to flood the entire jail while he was at it.

Get great news content like this for your business website. Search engines love sites with frequently updated quality content and reward them with better search rankings. Get High Quality Content Updates for your site.
Comment via Facebook

Corrections: If you are aware of an inaccuracy or would like to report a correction, we would like to know about it. Please consider sending an email to corrections@publishedreporter.com and cite any sources if available. Thank you. (Policy)