The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working to identify the man in a viral video who shouted, "Florida State, baby!" after stepping on an alligator.
Robert Timothy Barr, or "Robby Stratton,'' and Kevin Scott Keene are behind bars after they were accused of handling an alligator in a video that went viral.
The video showed a man running through a store to get beer while holding an alligator.
A Facebook Live video uncovered by Action News Jax appeared to show Stratton and Keene discussing the animal's capture.
"This (expletive) had a WeedEater in his hand, looked over and found him," said Stratton in the video.
"I was working and he came up to me and I dove on his (expletive)," said Keene.
They are charged with illegal possession of an American alligator, illegal exhibition of dangerous wildlife and cruelty to animals. The charges are first-degree misdemeanors.
Officials with the FWC said they are trying to positively identify the man seen stepping on the alligator and holding it up by its neck as he shouts support for Florida State University. FSU and the University of Florida Gators are college football rivals.
One woman had choice words for Stratton in our exclusive interview Saturday. She warned of the FWC’s looming investigation.
"You should regret it,” she yelled in our interview with Stratton. "FWC is coming after you!"
"They already talked to me!" Stratton said.
Today, customers at the convenience store reacted to the incident. Some say the men charged shouldn't be in jail.
“He didn’t do anything to harm anybody,” said Johnson.
Other people are still on the fence.
“Like I said, I don’t like to see nobody in jail," said Atkins. "Not even my worst enemy. But, hey, you do certain things, it comes with consequences.”
The FWC gave Action News Jax this statement:
"On August 1, the FWC arrested two suspects involved in the recently publicized incident where an alligator was carried through a Jacksonville convenience store.
"Robert Timothy Barr (AKA Robby Stratton), DOB 7/17/90, of Jacksonville, and Kevin Scott Keene, DOB 2/21/95, also of Jacksonville, were both charged with illegal possession of an American alligator (FS 379.3014), illegal exhibition of dangerous wildlife (FS 379.372) and cruelty to animals (FS 828.12). All the charges are first degree misdemeanors.
"FWC officers are still attempting to identify other individuals shown in the video of this incident. If the public has information about additional subjects on the video, they are encouraged to contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922."
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