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Video shows man pushing park ranger into Lake Austin

Posted at 12:23 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 13:23:45-04

AUSTIN, TX — A video showing a park ranger being pushed into Lake Austin made the rounds online this week.

The ranger was approaching a crowd to tell them they were unlawfully drinking and smoking in the park, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by KVUE.

In the video, you can see the ranger speaking to the crowd of people and asking them to keep six feet of distance from each other.

People in the crowd are heard agreeing and saying “I got you, man."

A man then appears on screen and pushes the ranger into the Lake.

The man also fell into the lake and can be seen in the video climbing out and running away.

An affidavit said 25-year-old Brandon Hicks forcefully pushed the ranger into Lake Austin.

The affidavit stated Hicks' actions could have "caused the Ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling, and render himself unconscious in at least three feet of water where he could have drowned to death."

Hicks was charged with attempted assault on a public servant, a state jail felony, and was booked into the Travis County Jail, according to KVUE.

His bond was set at $7,500, according to online county records.