FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 19-year-old Florida man is accused of abusing a young alligator with a cigarette.
The charge of injuring an alligator added to his growing rap sheet that started in 2017 with 20 different charges, including burglary, grand theft and fraud, according to Lee County, Fla., booking records.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, 19-year-old Philip Kolbe Harris was identified for his alleged involvement in a March 28 crime spree on Fort Myers Beach where he is accused of stealing two cars and dumping them in separate canals.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received numerous crime complaints on Fort Myers Beach during the same time period, the report said, which led them to Harris.
When detectives found him and searched his phone, they discovered three videos of him abusing an alligator on March 26, the report said.
The first video, taken at 11:39 p.m. on March 26, shows Harris holding a small alligator by the neck, the report said. He then tosses the alligator to the ground and points a handgun at it, the report said.
Harris continuously hits the alligator in his head, according to the report. The alligator noticeably tries to avoid any contact and attempts to leave the area, but Harris chases him and hits him with a “baseball hat.”
Harris then captures the gator by the neck and punches the gator’s belly, launching him several feet and out of the camera’s view, the report said.
The next video was taken at 12:20 a.m. on March 27, and shows him holding the alligator by the neck with his left hand, the report said. His two distinct star tattoos are visible.
The report stated that the alligator appears to be 2-feet long, and had a cigarette in his mouth.
Harris is heard in the background stating his alligator is a “G” and laughing as he states “this is animal abuse,” the report said.
The next video, taken at 12:46 a.m. on March 27 shows the alligator being stored inside a shoe box, the report said. Harris’ voice can be heard in the video saying he had captured it inside the shoe box.
According to the report, when detectives asked him why he placed a cigarette on an undisclosed part of the gator’s body, he laughed.
Multiple images on Harris’ Facebook page show him posing with animals he appears to have hunted, including a shark and a boar.
He is scheduled to appear in court April 15 for allegedly violating his probation.
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