UPDATE: Arrest Made in LOVE Park Attack; Teen Admits Participation to 6ABC
[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 #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
[Original] This is horrific:
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.