With drugs, it is like everything is possible, even the most daring and deadliest things. This is why drugs are so dangerous because it leads a person to be more of a risk-taker in a bad way. We have so many stories of people committing crimes, crossing the road not caring if they’ll get hit by cars or not, and now, here’s a man who jumped into a crocodile pool and this man had a history with drugs.
Surveillance video from Monday night shows a man jumping into the crocodile pool at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. A short while later, a crocodile bit him. “He gets bit, and goes out [of the water] and for some reason goes back in,” Alligator Farm Director John Brueggen said. “Yeah. That’s why I’m concerned for someone like this.” Police say the man who broke into the Alligator Farm and hung out for hours in the Nile Crocodile enclosure is 23-year-old Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs.
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While Brueggen said he was worried about his crocodiles, he is also worried about the man’s mental state.
“I’m concerned about him. I don’t know if it was a suicide attempt or if he was on so many drugs he didn’t know what he was doing,” Brueggen said.
The St. Augustine Police told First Coast News that Hatfield was “probably high on something” and that a toxicology test was done to determine what was in his system. The results have not been released.
A look through Hatfield’s criminal history shows he just got out of jail Friday, three days before his visit with the crocodiles. He had been in the St. Johns County jail on charges of drug possession for methamphetamine and for stealing a car.
Social media posts from people who know Hatfield indicate he has struggled with drugs…