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.

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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.

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