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Suspect in Gator Attack Describes Fight for Life

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

PINELLAS PARK, Florida (AP) -- The man attacked by an alligator after fleeing police in Florida says he was in a fight for his life with the croc.

Twenty-year-old Bryan Zuniga told Tampa Bay's Fox 13 News (http://bit.ly/11qSzGn ) he was swimming and trying to hide when a 6 to 8 foot gator lunged at him.

Zuniga says he was nearly knocked unconscious when the gator's mouth hit his head. He fought back with both legs and the arm not caught between the crocodile's jaws.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says Zuniga ran away and into a water treatment plant after being pulled over by deputies Thursday. He was later found at a hospital being treated for puncture wounds to the face, arm and armpit area.

He has been charged with fleeing police, among other charges.
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Associated Press Release

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida man ran from the law and into an alligator's jaws.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Bryan Zuniga was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane Thursday at about 2:50 a.m.

Deputies say Zuniga stopped the vehicle and jumped out of the passenger door. He then broke through a vinyl fence and escaped.

The Tampa Bay area man was found at a local hospital a few hours later. He told deputies he had been attacked by an alligator near a water treatment plant. He was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to the face, arm and armpit area.

He has been charged with fleeing police, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting an officer without violence.


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