Port St. Lucie man charged with illegally killing alligator

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A 21-year-old man accused of illegally killing an alligator was arrested after state officials were emailed photos and a video of the man killing and butchering the creature, according to records released Tuesday.

Christopher John "Diesel" Trenge, of the 1200 block of Southwest Albenga Avenue in Port St. Lucie, was arrested last Friday on charges including illegal taking of alligator and giving a false official statement.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials July 1 received an anonymous complaint about the unlawful taking of an alligator. An investigator also was emailed photos and a video of Trenge killing and butchering it.

Trenge told investigators he and two friends killed the alligator on the C-23 canal.

The investigators then spoke to one of the friends that Trenge implicated, a 15-year-old boy. Investigators learned the teen boy was out of the state at the time of the alligator killing.

They returned to further question Trenge. That was when, according to records, Trenge said he killed and butchered the alligator by himself.

"He also stated that he had lied to us because him and the other boys had a falling out and he thought this would be a good way to get back at them," an affidavit states.

A wildlife conservation commission official arrested Trenge Friday at his home in Port St. Lucie.

A spokeswoman for the agency on Tuesday could not immediately provide additional details about the case.

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