Posted: August 01, 2018

Arrests made in viral video that shows men carrying, abusing alligator during beer run

Arrests Made In Viral Video Showing Men With Alligator During Beer Run

By Ryan Nelson,


Update: 7:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 1: A Jacksonville, Florida, man seen in a viral video carrying an alligator under his arm during a beer run has been arrested, along with a second man, according to an official with the Florida Wildlife Commission.

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Suspects Robby Stratton and Kevin Scott Keene are charged with illegal possession of an American alligator, illegal exhibition of dangerous wildlife and cruelty to animals, FWC spokesperson Karen Parker said in a statement.

The agency is still searching for other people that were seen in the video abusing the gator.


Both men could face a fine of $5,000, or up to five years in prison.

(Original story)

Disturbing images are emerging of men handling an alligator seen in a viral video of a man on a beer run with the reptile under his arm.

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The additional video appears to show Robby Stratton and others passing the alligator around in the moments before he ran through a convenience store holding the reptile.

On Saturday, Stratton told Action News Jax he didn't know where the animal came from. In the new video, he appears to describe how his friend caught the animal.

"This (expletive) had a weed eater in his hand, looked over and found him," Stratton said in the video.

"I was working and he came up to me and I dove on his (expletive)," said the man as he described capturing the animal from the wild.

The video takes a disturbing turn when another man appears to step on the animal, then grab it by its neck and hold it in the air. He then shouts, "Florida State, baby! Florida State, baby! Florida State, baby!"

For the second time in less than 24 hours, Action News Jax ran into Robby Stratton as he bought beer at the same convenience store. He was asked why he was seen holding the alligator, and if he had any knowledge of where animal came from.

He said he's seen the new video, but had been drinking prior to this incident as well. He said he was under the impression the alligator was not real at the time. He told Action News Jax he released the animal into a creek near the convenience store after he realized it alive.

Stratton said he didn't run into the store looking for publicity.

“I know I didn’t go out and say, 'Hey man, let’s go viral tonight,'” Stratton said on Saturday night.

Stratton said he doesn’t remember anything from the night of the convenience store video, citing the influence of alcohol.

We asked Stratton twice if he regretted the incident and seemed to get conflicting responses. After first posing the question, a passerby began to voice her concerns.

"You should regret it," she told him. "The FWC is coming after you!"

"She regrets it," he said in response. "They already talked to me!"

We asked a second time later in the interview.

''I definitely regret it," Stratton said. "It was stupid, it was stupid.”

The FWC is presently investigating the video of Stratton running into the convenience store. He could face a fine of $5,000, or up to five years in prison.

FWC officials have not responded to questions about whether they are aware of the additional video. 



Video emerges showing Florida man with alligator moments before beer run

Video emerges showing Florida man with alligator moments before beer run

Robby Stratton. (Photo screengrab via

Florida man makes beer run with alligator in hand, wildlife officials investigating

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating an incident in which a Jacksonville man went to a convenience store holding an alligator with its mouth taped shut.

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The video, which was posted to Facebook, shows a man holding the gator while he goes in to a store for beer.

The man, who has been identified as Robby Stratton, can be heard saying, "Y’all got beer still? Y’all ain't out, are y’all?"

The video shows him chase another person inside the store while people laugh in the background.

In the video, Stratton said the alligator he was holding was alive.

"I don't even remember coming up here,” Stratton told WJAX Saturday. "This store sells some good liquor and I drank a lot of it that night.”

Stratton told WJAX that he found the alligator in the back of the truck. 

Karen Parker, a spokeswoman with FWC, said they were informed about the incident Friday through a tip via their wildlife alert number. Investigators still have to talk to witnesses and the people involved.

Charges are not currently being pressed because the incident is still under investigation, Florida statute states

It is unlawful to intentionally kill, injure, possess, or capture or attempt to kill, injure, possess, or capture, an alligator or other crocodilian.

“It was stupid and I’ll be facing some charges here soon and probably go to jail,” Stratton said. “Probably.”

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