Man killed by alligator in Florida lake while fleeing Miccosukee police

Miccosukee Reservation, Florida (AP) 11-07

A man who jumped into a Florida lake as he fled police died from an alligator attack, authorities said during mid-November.

Justo Padron, 36, was burglarizing a vehicle near the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center when police arrived, according to the tribe.

Padron fled and jumped into a nearby lake where a sign warns people: “Danger Live Alligators.”

His body was recovered a day later with what appeared to be alligator teeth marks on his upper torso.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Padron died of an alligator attack. His death has been classified an accident.

An accomplice, who was not identified, surrendered and was arrested, said Dexter Lehtinen, a tribe attorney.

Lehtinen said the two men were not members of the Miccosukee Tribe.

Padron was wanted by authorities since September for violating his probation after pleading guilty in June to cocaine possession, according to The Miami Herald.

He was arrested more than a dozen times since 1989 for various charges including burglary, robbery and drug possession, the newspaper reported. Padron was released from prison in 2002 after a six-year sentence for burglary.

The 9-foot-3-inch (2.8-meter) alligator suspected in the attack was killed.
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