WATCH: NYPD takes 2-foot-long alligator into custody on Staten Island

David Caplan
July 23, 2019 - 5:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It may be hard to believe, but an alligator was found on Staten Island Tuesday. What's even stranger, is that it's not the first time.

A resident of the borough found the two-foot-long creature near East Broadway and Park Street in the Oakwood Heights neighborhood. And this isn't an urban myth: the NYPD have confirmed to 1010 WINS that the gator was indeed captured Tuesday.

It's name is apparently Charlie, according to the Citizen App, which posted video (above) of Charlie in the company of police officers. 

In August 2016, a 2-to-3-foot alligator was found in a bathtub by police responding to a burglary report in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood. The alligator was being illegally kept as a pet. 

In 2000, a man and his four-year-old daughter found a 4-foot, 5-inch alligator in Richmond Creek.

And the borough's Bayou restaurant sells "Alligator Bites," which is ground alligator and pork, grilled and served over Ciabatta bread with Stella blue cheese-tomato salsa.


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