A rogue reptile that paralyzed a New Jersey community for more than two weeks was finally fitted for cuffs after an eagle-eyed resident spotted the roaming creature in Piscataway, police said.
The 4-foot long alligator was captured in front of a residence on 2nd Avenue, 400 yards southwest of the Ambrose Brook, police said.
Police body camera footage shows cops tailing the wily fugitive on roadway pavement and then grass just after 10 p.m. Thursday.
In a 56-second clip posted by the Piscataway Police Department on its Facebook page, one officer is seen placing the bottom of his boot on top of the gator’s head, while fellow officers place a snare over its neck.
Cops handed the gator over to the NJ Fish and Wildlife Conservation Police and the rascally reptile was relocated to the Cape May Zoo.
The gator — which police said was capable of “inflicting serious or fatal injuries” — was first spotted in Lake Creighton at Victor Crowell Park on Aug. 23.
While loose in the swamps of Jersey, the gator forced park to close for 17 days through Labor Day as Garden State investi-gators searched for the elusive critter. Victor Crowell Park is now reopened.
“This is a very novel thing for New Jersey. We don’t have alligators in the water. We’re not Florida,” Middlesex Borough police Lt. Thomas Falk told reporters at the time.