UPDATE: Arrest Made in LOVE Park Attack; Teen Admits Participation to 6ABC

It was caught on video.

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[Update 2:20 pm] The AP reports that one of three suspects has been arrested.

Additionally, 6ABC interviewed a 19-year-old man, “Curtis,” who admitted being part of the attack.

“If I had the chance, I would apologize to that guy. I lost my cool,” said Curtis.




Why didn't he walk away?

"I don't know, I was just in the heat of the moment," said Curtis.

[Update 9 am] Police have released their own version of the video — the victim's face is blurred out — and a description of the suspects:

The police description:

Central Detective Division is looking to identify and locate the suspects who assaulted a Park Ranger in Logan Circle.

On August 15, 2014, 5:25 pm, the complainant, a Philadelphia Park Ranger, observed 6-8 skateboarders inside Love Park located at 1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and advised them they could not skateboard in the park. When suspect #1 refused to leave he raised his hands in a fighting stance. Suspect #2 who had a camera was videoing suspect #1 while suspect #3 was taunting for a fight. Suspect #1 then punched the complainant in the face and wrestled him to the ground where he began kicking, stomping and spiting on the Park Ranger. After assaulting the Park Ranger the suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.

Suspect Description:
Suspect #1: Black male, 19 years-of-age, 5’10″, dark complected, short braids, wearing a gray t-shirt with red lettering on the front.
Suspect #2: Asian male, 19-20 years-of-age, wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants,
Suspect #3: White male, 19 years-of-age, brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a black t-shirt with a white design on the front.

If you see these suspects do not approach them, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.

If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact:
Central Detective Division
Det. Wiegert #9034
215-686-3093/3094
DC# 14-09-031950

[Original] This is horrific:

NBC 10 reports:

Philadelphia Police are investigating a cell phone video showing a skateboarder kicking a city park ranger in his head and then spitting on the man in Philadelphia's LOVE Park Friday. The 35-year-old park ranger approached three teen skateboarders and advised them they could not skate in the park.

"I ain't (explective) leaving," said one skateboarder before punching the park ranger in the face and wrestling him to the ground.

The violent altercation occurred around 5 p.m. in the iconic Center City park, located at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, according to Mariano Verrico, of Essex Fells, N.J., who caught the fight on camera.

The video shows the ranger's hands in the air, but witnesses said he didn't throw a punch and was in a self-defense stance.

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  • pete

    Horrible no good piece of crap scum.

    • emma

      Agreed. It was obviously premeditated too.

  • tomb lair

    this is a city run by Democrats. That cop will next be charged. He will be the criminal.

    • emma

      He’ll just get a slap on the wrist cause he’s black otherwise there would be a riot.

      • tightlines

        These are both incredibly #smarttakes.

  • Mick

    Why do you inject your prejudice and bigotry into this? What does democrat, republican, or race have to do with this? You just continue to perpetuate divisiveness and hatred. Drives me insane. Just stop. Just stop.

  • george washington

    They found skittles in the pocket of the black “youth” doing all the beating. He was going to his grandmother’s house to bake cookies. The no good ranger was profiling him for wearing a hoodie. That’s why most of the people in jail are black, right? Let’s all protest by stealing and looting innocent people.

  • Taxpayer

    Skaters = immature losers.

    • Alter Street

      Stereotypes = Ignorance.

  • Joseph

    If Obama had a son…

  • JustWantTheFacts

    The fact that I had to suffer a Calvin Klein Eternity ad from 1994 to read this story is beyond ridiculous.

  • Larry Arch

    These City of Philadelphia Park rangers only make 12.04 a hour…which is a outrage. This isn’t the only attack on this park ranger at JFK plaza (love park) this just happens to be the first incident caught on camera. Other park rangers for the city have been in similar altercations. I know of one that was hit by a vehicle…the driver then yelled I hope I hurt you….he only ended up with 180 probation. keep in mind this is only two of the numerous incidents that has happened and the city knows about it and the department of parks and rec so called leaders ( mark folch & Chris Palmer) knows about this but as you can see no steps were taken to improve the safety of these rangers who endure a lot for just a measly 12.04 a hour. Geesh