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Woman charged with leaving alligator at O'Hare Airport while high on crack and heroin

  1. Rob Cypher
    An Oakbrook Terrace woman has been charged with animal cruelty and reckless conduct after leaving a baby alligator to fend for itself at O'Hare International Airport in November.

    Alexis T. Prokopchuk, 29, of the 17400 block of West Eisenhower Road in the western suburb, was charged with animal cruelty and reckless conduct, both misdemeanors after she was arrested around noon Tuesday in the 100 block of North Ashland Avenue in Chicago, according to police. She was ordered held on $5,000 bail.

    "Allie,'' as the 25-inch gator was dubbed, was spotted underneath an escalator in the lower level of Terminal 3 on Nov. 1. It was in poor condition, suffering from soft bones from a improper diet, among other things, authorities said at the time.

    Police managed to whisk it into a box and Allie was transferred to the care of the Chicago Herpetological Society.

    Prokopchuk had been spotted on surveillance cameras on the CTA Blue Line holding the gator and then entering the lower level of Terminal 3, where she let it loose, according to a police report.

    Prokopchuk told officers she and her ex-boyfriend took the gator from a friend who was going to flush it down the toilet, the report said.

    Then, on Nov. 1, she "was so (high) on crack cocaine and heroin and had taken some pills," that she lost the gator after coming to the airport, the report said.

    A traveler going down the escalator spotted a "very lethargic'' Allie and grabbed an O'Hare custodian, who called police about 10 a.m. that morning. Authorities said it would "need time to recover."

    Alligators like Allie normally live in temperatures of 85 to 90 degrees and can grow up to four feet and have the same life expectancy of humans.

    Prokopchuk is due back in Branch 23 on Jan. 30.

    Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Chicago Tribune
    January 22, 2014



  1. BitterSweet
    Re: Woman charged with leaving alligator at O'Hare Airport while high on crack and he

    That's a really bizarre story lol I didn't know alligators could be so small, although it does say it's a baby alligator. Where did her friend get it from I wonder (the friend that was going to flush it down the toilet - which that is f*cked for someone to even do that). This woman's recklessness is actually a blessing in disguise, because at least now the alligator is safe and able to recover. I'm also glad they were able to nab her by using the surveillance video. All around a happy ending, given the specifics of the situation.
  2. MikePatton
    Re: Woman charged with leaving alligator at O'Hare Airport while high on crack and he

    How can you "lose" a fucking alligator at the airport? That sentence is fucking with my head. Why was she even at the airport if she wasn't flying nowhere?
  3. Twak Tweekerson
    Re: Woman charged with leaving alligator at O'Hare Airport while high on crack and he

    You can buy gators here in Indiana. Its not uncommon to get them while they are babies, but once they get older people have a hard time caring for them and the local zoo usually will not accept them. Once they get to be 5 feet you have to obtain a permit.
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