CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman they believe left a small alligator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport late last year.
In a news release, Chicago police said 29-year-old Alexis Prokopchuk was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and cruelty to animals. She was arrested Tuesday.
The 2-foot-long alligator was spotted and captured in a baggage claim area on Nov. 1 of last year.
Police recovered security footage that showed a woman with an alligator under her arm boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, then chatting on a cellphone while the animal sat in her hand on her knee. An hour later, she disembarked at the airport.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.