Alligator captured in eastside neighborhood

This four-foot alligator escaped its pond Tuesday.
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Richard Essex/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - An alligator is in the care of animal control after it was found roaming an east side neighborhood Tuesday.

The nearly four-foot long reptile escaped from a home near 21st and Ritter.

"Kinda disbelief, really," said one man. "I didn't believe there was an alligator out there."

The call to snare the angry alligator was a first for animal control officer Sara Lane.

"He was acting more aggressive. It was a hot day and he was hissing and stuff at me," Lane said. "As soon as I realized he was an alligator, I knew I was going to need a little bit of assistance."

She found the gator in Mimms' backyard.

"It was actually right there, right by that branch," Mimms said.

A cable guy at Mimms' home saw the gator first.

"He came to the door and asked if we had any pets or anything and I said, 'No'," he said. "He said there was an alligator back here."

The gator was sitting in the grass, which at the time was flooded.

"I was actually over here. I didn't want to get nowhere near it. The cable guy was right up on it," Mimms said.

It took three people to wrestle the gator out of the backyard swamp, but it will be the talk of the neighborhood for awhile.

"I wouldn't want to mess with it, definitely not," Mimms said.

As it turns out, the gator lives in the neighborhood, making its home in a backyard pond. The owner told Eyewitness News the three-year-old reptile made his escape through a fence. By Wednesday afternoon, he should be back at home with his "roommate", Wally.

Officials say it's legal to own an alligator in Indiana, as long as you have it registered.