Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Burglary Suspect Hiding in Pond Killed by 11-Foot Alligator, Authorities Say

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Burglary Suspect Hiding in Pond Killed by 11-Foot Alligator, Authorities Say

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A 22-year-old burglary suspect trying to evade authorities was killed by an 11-foot alligator last month, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said Matthew Riggins drowned as a result of the gator attack. He was missing his lower extremities and part of an arm, according to deputies.

Riggins and another man were in Barefoot Bay to commit house burglaries in the late evening hours of Nov. 12 and early morning hours of Nov. 13. A resident called deputies around 2 a.m. to say the two men, dressed in black, were walking behind houses near Tequesta Drive.

Riggins and the other man were spotted on Royal Palm Boulevard, but they fled.

A K-9 and helicopter search were unsuccessful.

According to deputies, Riggins called his girlfriend to say he was being chased by authorities. …

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