PORTLAND – Portland Park Rangers helped police track down and arrest a suspect who bashed a man in the head with a skateboard Tuesday at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Around 10:30 a.m., the rangers watched as the suspect smashed the 21-year-old victim and then run away, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.
Rangers were familiar with the suspect and gave police a description while paramedics took the victim to the hospital, despite his unwillingness to cooperate with them, Simpson said.
A few hours later, park rangers spotted the suspect near the Eastbank Esplanade inside a truck. When he saw them, the suspect drove off with the rangers following on bicycles and radioing police.
Police swarmed to the area and stopped and arrested 42-year-old Ronald Tucker. He was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on second-degree assault charges.
Tucker reportedly knew the victim before the assault.
Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz commended the rangers’ efforts Wednesday.
"Our Park Rangers displayed exemplary work in helping maintain the safety of our parks," Fritz said in a press release. "I am proud of the great service that our Portland Park Rangers provide for the people of Portland."