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Officials: Poaching suspect assaulted Texas game warden during arrest

Jake Childers, 36.
Jake Childers, 36. Texas Parks and Wildlife.

A Central Texas man suspected of illegal hunting now faces a felony charge for assaulting the game warden who was trying to arrest him, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife press release.

The incident happened Sunday morning in Bastrop County, near Austin.

A Bastrop County game warden was conducting surveillance on Jake Russell Childers, 36, who was “suspected of involvement in illegal hunting activities,” the press release said.

When Childers was spotted leaving a relative’s home with fishing gear, the game warden followed him to an area known for “trespassing and fishing on private ponds” without consent. The game warden, according to the press release, then tried to arrest Childers.

Childers resisted and assaulted the game warden, who suffered minor injuries. “After an intense struggle,” Childers fled into thick woods, the press release said.

Childers’ sister, Dusty Lynn McBride, helped him elude authorities for two days before he was arrested in Austin, according to the press release.

Childers faces a charge of assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony.

His sister, McBride, faces a hindering apprehension charge, also a third-degree felony.

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