VIDEO: Park Ranger Shoved Into Lake For Asking People To Social Distance

Sandy Malone

Brandon Hicks was arrested after he shoved a park ranger into Lake Austin on Thursday afternoon.

Austin, TX – Police arrested a man who shoved an Austin park ranger into a lake when he asked people gathered on a dock to practice social distancing (video below).

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on April 30 at Commons Ford Metropolitan Park when an Austin park ranger asked the crowd by the water to stay six feet apart from one another, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The arrest affidavit said 25-year-old Brandon Hicks approached the park ranger from behind and shoved him into Lake Austin.

A cell phone video of the incident was posted to Reddit on Thursday evening and showed the ranger was standing with his back to the water, talking calming to the group of people assembled and asking them to social distance.

Suddenly, Hicks entered the right side of the video screen and shoved the park ranger, hard.

The ranger, who was wearing an equipment pack on his back, tumbled backwards into the water but managed to quickly regain his footing.

His belt and whatever equipment was attached to it were submerged in the lake, the video showed.

The arrest affidavit said Hicks shoving the ranger could have “caused the ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The video showed the man who pushed the ranger fell into the water with his unsuspecting victim.

Hicks quickly pulled himself back up onto the dock and fled on foot, the video showed.

The park ranger boosted himself out of the water a second later.

Austin park rangers are not law enforcement officers.

Austin police officers located and detained Hicks in the park shortly after the incident, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Austin Police Officer Justin Berry said that visitors to the park aren’t usually as aggressive as Hicks behaved with the park ranger who was just out there doing his job.

“We just want to remind people to please be respectful and mindful that they’re working to make our parks a welcoming environment to everyone,” Officer Berry said. “Everyone’s been going to the parks, so the parks have been completely overcrowded.”

He said other visitors at the park came to the aid of the drenched park ranger after the incident, and multiple witnesses at the scene confirmed Hicks was the man who had pushed the ranger, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

“Several people came up to the ranger and apologized for the guy’s behavior. That’s the Austin we know, and that’s the Austin we love,” the officer said.

Officers arrested Hicks and booked him into the Travis County Jail, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

He was charged with attempted assault on a public servant.

Online county records indicated on May 1 that Hicks was being held in the jail in lieu of $7,500 bail, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Watch video of the incident here below:

Comments (39)
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flybynight
flybynight

25-year-old Brandon Hicks and liberal hell hole Austin Texas............made for each other.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Make an example of him, throw HIM in the lake, from an airplane. Asshole.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

What a dickhead!! Glad his ass was arrested!!

Billy707
Billy707

Real brave. Run away like a the pussy you are.

iUsername
iUsername

Real cute move. Now sit in jail morom

Hannibal
Hannibal

Sorry to burst your bubbles but libs aren't the ones protesting the quarantine. It's conservatives. I'm one of them. I however, would never disrespect a cop like this (I'm conservative).

he fact is that this virus is probably never going to go away. It is too contagious and virulent. It will always be alive somewhere in the world.

A quarantine was to give medical procurement and manufacturing supply chain a leg up on the expected apex of the incoming sick for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and equipment (such as ventilators). They have had plenty of time to do so. Now they are talking about giving overflow to other countries, signalling their time is up.

Chances are we are all going to be exposed sooner or later. When the remedy (quarantine) is more damaging than the virus it becomes ludicrous. Shutting down the entire world WILL CAUSE an economic collapse.
We are presently riding the coat tails of what was a strong economy. We are already looking at 30% unemployed or more across the board. This economic down turn is going to be 100 times what we experienced in 2008 as that was only a mortgage crisis. This is much deeper (most market verticals) and is global.
It's time to stop this ridiculous quarantine. It is doing no good. In fact the economic destruction we are already going to face is far beyond anything covid 19 could do in future death and quality of life at this stage. The longer they wait the worse it is going to be.

It's like trying to kill a fly with a bazooka.

Lizzy_Izzy
Lizzy_Izzy

Good ol'Austin! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Even when everyone else is showing respect, there's always going to be that one Frat Boy who thinks disrespect is "cute".

No excuses 1969
No excuses 1969

I don't agree with pushing him in, I love law enforcement, but law enforcement has no business enforcing non-law. Tell their mayor's, and governor's to kiss their asses!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Bunch of entitled millenials acting like assholes. Happy they got the bastard that pushed the park ranger who, by the way, was just doing his job.

Rayb
Rayb

What an A-hole.. glad they arrested him! Hope they make this guys life like hell..

bryantrent
bryantrent

This guy was a SOB

PapaJon
PapaJon

Most of these piss ant punks who blindside a good person immediately run like a scared little bitch. Many of them were the bullies in school. I saw a video a few weeks back where a gang of these turds tried to rob a couple. Funny part was the "victim" was an MMA fighter and had 2 friends close enough to help. Since these are well know trouble makers the police report said that the 8 crooks attacked the "victims" and assaulted them by repeatedly slamming their faces into the victims fists, elbows, knees and feet. Karma is a Mo Fo.

King Queen
King Queen

Just really sad that people are so disrespectful of people trying to see us safe. And as for name calling, I am conservative. And old, old conservative and I think we should respect the decisions Made by people to the best of their ability until we get in that position to change them. If you don't like laws , run for office to change them. Law enforcement only is supposed to enforce the laws made by others. They don't make them.


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