PORT ORANGE, Florida (AP) -- A man hit his girlfriend with a 3-foot alligator and threw beer bottles at her during an argument in the couple's mobile home, authorities said.
David Havenner, 41, was ordered held without bond Saturday on misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of an alligator.
The alligator, which Havenner had been keeping in his bathtub, was turned over to Florida wildlife officials.
Nancy Monico, 39, told investigators that Havenner beat her with his fists, then grabbed the alligator and swung it at her as she tried to escape, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. She said the animal hit her at least once. She also told authorities that Havenner threw empty beer bottles at her, Davidson said.
Havenner's version of the story differed. He told investigators that Monico bit his hand because she was upset that they had run out of alcohol.
Now an alligator is a weapon? What next? Pummeled by a pup? Cracked by a cat? Decked by a duck?
Well, we've had some rain here so the many small bodies of water are filling up - guess that means the gators will be happy.
I went to the restaurant where they found that 4 foot alligator and the waitress said the few days after the article, they were swamped (no pun intended) with people asking questions. I guess that could be termed a marketing bonanza. Maybe more businesses should use this idea. Catch a gator and let him loose in the office. News coverage will be great and customers will flock in to see the place where the gator got caught. Hmm...wonder if it would work for getting a date? Maybe I could find a gator in my car, get the story on the news and find a date amongst all the people who contact me. Sigh...nah...no time for a relationship right now. Too busy trying to come up with marketing ideas....hmmm..