AUSTIN, TX – Sometimes, aspirations of being the “funny guy” among the crowd can result in some not-so-funny circumstances. Take for example, the 25-year-old who is facing charges after allegedly shoving a park ranger into some nearby water who was lecturing some youths about social distancing guidelines.
Park ranger was telling a crowd to social distance. Mid-speech, someone pushed him into a lake – @CNN Brandon Hicks, 25, faces a charge of attempted assault on a public servant, a state jail felony, said the Travis County Sheriff's Office. https://t.co/zO2U6pmuvL
— Natalie Abruzzo (@nabruzzo) May 6, 2020
Apparently, this water-pranking suspect who was already dealing with charges of attempted assault on a public officer managed to snag some additional charges after allegedly making death threats toward his arresting officers.
They say that duct tape can fix anything, and it may have kept 25-year-old Brandon Hicks out of additional trouble if it were applied to his mouth on April 30th after he was arrested at Commons Ford Metropolitan Park in Austin, Texas.
A video that was posted online points to why Hicks was initially arrested. In said video, a park ranger was giving a group of young adults the spiel of social distancing while in the park.
It’s understandable that most folks are tired of the “stay six feet apart” schtick at this point, but what happened next in the video was just a jerk-move. When the ranger was talking about the park guidelines, a male suspect can be seen shoving the ranger into a nearby body of water.
Authorities allege that said person shoving the ranger into the body of water was Hicks.
While Hicks was placed under arrest that same day, a second arrest affidavit cropped up on May 6th that alleges Hicks had quite the mouth and demeanor while in custody and in transit to the police station.
Police say that Hicks allegedly attempted to kick through the divider that separated him and officers while in the vehicle.
On top of Hicks’ attempts of alleged backseat karate, he was also allegedly noting a rather colorful disdain for police that led to these new charges.
During the 30-minute drive to the jail, police allege that Hicks made approximately 13 threats of violence against the officers transporting him. According to the affidavit, Hicks stated the following:
“Boy, I’ll put a bullet in your head.”
“I want you dead, honestly.”
“I want you dead. I hope the cartel puts a bullet in your head. I hope your family watches the news as they say ‘missing cop’ and I don’t care, I hope they pin it on me, cuz I’ll laugh in your face as you die laying in a ditch.”
Officers did note that Hicks was presumed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or possibly both, during said transit. The aforementioned makes sense, since the original park ranger speech/water shoving incident stemmed from a group that was found to be unlawfully drinking at the park.
Brandon Hicks, 25, pushed Ranger in lake – charged with felony attempted assaulthttps://t.co/14Jm15T4dN#BrandonHicks #PushedRangerinLake #Austin #Texas #AustinLake #ParkRangerPushedIntoLake #COVID19 #SocialDistancing #ViralVideo #Assault #CaughtonCamera #StupidCriminals
— Richard D. Webster (@rdwebster) May 6, 2020
Whether or not these latest charges stick for the long-haul is anybody’s guess, when considering the totality of the circumstances. However, as it stands, now Hicks is facing two third-degree felony charges. One for attempted assault against the park ranger, and now one for retaliation.
In other crimes related to seemingly poor judgement, a video that was posted to Facebook on May 18th, which has been subsequently removed, showed a rather disrespectful display toward military veterans.
The video showed an unidentified male skateboarding atop the granite walls emblazoned with placards of military heroes both alive and deceased at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
#ICYMI: Some are upset to see this skateboarder riding on the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in #LaJolla, where about 5,200 veterans are honored. A member of the memorial association says he believes the video was taken Monday. More details⤵️https://t.co/ER3pq1NCYY pic.twitter.com/KIlM4SbYyv
— Lauren Coronado (@LaurenmCoronado) May 24, 2020
In the video, the skateboarder can be seen attempting to perform a trick from one portion of the granite wall to another. President and CEO of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, Neil O’Connell, said the following about the video:
“I’m appalled at such disregard and carelessness. This activity severely damages this fine granite that surrounds the walls of our memorial. This is an unfortunate situation as the memorial has been closed since Mid March.”
O’Connell noted the copious amount of upkeep required to keep the memorial looking in a manner befitting to those represented among the displays, likening the act of skating on top of the granite as “disrespectful”:
“Our granite walls require constant care by volunteers due to the atmosphere. It’s a lot of work. But come on, how disrespectful is it to ride skateboards over the tops and edges of this fine surface.”
The memorial is home to that of more than 5,000 military heroes immortalized into the stone walls present.
Don Hotz, one of the individuals who’d seen the video, was especially saddened by the act committed on the video, as both his father and uncle have memorials displayed at the site:
“I know what it’s like to be a kid and a skater but this where frankly I draw the line, because I think this is completely inappropriate.”
Officials from the San Diego Police Department are aware of the incident captured on the video and are currently investigating this as a case of vandalism. There’s been currently no arrests or suspects identified at this time.
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