‘Trapper Joe’ of ‘Swamp People’ Arrested in Florida

by | June 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM | TV News

"Trapper Joe" LaFont Jr. on "Swamp People" (Photo: History Channel)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — One of the stars of the History Channel reality show “Swamp People” has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges.

Noces Joseph LaFont Jr. — who is known as “Trapper Joe” on the TV show — was arrested Wednesday by Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff’s deputies.

According to an arrest affidavit, LaFont was arguing with his girlfriend while staying at a hotel near Disney World and tried to burn her with a lit cigarette. The report also says he punched the woman with a closed fist.

LaFont, who is from Louisiana, was charged with battery and assault. He was booked into the Orange County Jail, posted bail and released. It’s unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

“Swamp People” is a History channel show that follows Cajuns who hunt alligators. It’s one of a number of reality series these days produced in some of the more exotic locations of Louisiana, a state that has rolled out the red carpet for TV production — including financial incentives such as tax breaks.

On “Swamp People,” gators are hooked, then shot — watch what happens:
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