A Faulkner County man has been arrested for manslaughter in the strangling death of a Texas man at Flux Festival in March.
It happened near Greenbrier on the Cadron Creek Outfitters property. The private property is known for its camping, canoeing and hosting the Flux Festival.
Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, 24-year-old Austin Dodson made his way here from East Texas to experience Flux Festival.
“He loved people coming together to celebrate life and just the beauty of living it to the fullest,” Megan Kurz said.
His hometown friend Megan Kurz says he’d gone to the festival several times before.
“He lived for festivals, he loved flux. Oh God, he lived and breathed Flux.,” she said.
But around 11 o’clock that Saturday night, the young artist found himself fighting for his life.
According to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Flick was working security at the festival. That night, he went up to find an off duty sheriff’s deputy and said there was a man who had been causing problems and appeared asleep in the road.
The deputy headed down to find the man a noticed he was unresponsive.
“He appears to be breathing while he’s there and then notices discoloration in his face and notices he stops breathing,” Chief Deputy Matt Rice with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said.
After calling EMT’s, performing CPR and getting Dodson to the hospital, he died.
His body was sent for autopsy.
“The medical examiner report determined that it was by strangulation, so that raises a flag,” Chief Deputy Rice said.
Through the death investigation, clues were pointing back to the security guard, Anthony Flick.
“He does have a record. He’s been in our jail several times.”
From 2001 to 2006, Flick was arrested 10 times for crimes ranging from burglary to assault and fleeing.
In the days after Dodson’s death, Flick was no where to be found.
With the help of the U.S. Marshal’s, he was found in Missouri and arrested March 29.
“If he was in a bad place, to get somebody under control that’s 130 pounds, I don’t understand why they would use such force,” Kurz said.
But this arrest can only bring Kurz and other friends and family so much closure.
“It doesn’t bring him back. But [Flick] knows what he did and he will be punished for it,” she said.
Dodson’s mother also responding writing, “I will tell you my son was a loving, kind, and gentle person! He did not deserve to die like this! But he is with God and everyone who has anything to do with his death will answer to God!”
What led up to the strangulation is still being investigated.
Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies ask if you know anything about this death, to call their Criminal Investigation Division.