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Police locate two suspects from LOVE Park beating of ranger

Reports say that a suspect in the LOVE Park beatdown on Friday of a park ranger who was attacked and spit on is in police custody.

Video of a park ranger being assaulted by skateboarders in LOVE Park on Friday. Police have reportedly arrested the main attacker (in blue) and identified at least one other person, a juvenile, from the video. Credit: Youtube Video of a park ranger being assaulted by skateboarders in LOVE Park on Friday. Police have reportedly arrested the main attacker (in blue) and identified at least one other person, a juvenile, from the video. Credit: Youtube

Reports say that a suspect in the LOVE Park beatdown on Friday of a park ranger who was attacked and spit on is in police custody.

The suspect, reportedly a resident of Pottstown in Montgomery County, was taken into custody at his mother's home and was on his way to a Philadelphia police station, the Inquirer reported.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is expected to face assault charges.

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Witnesses reportedly identified the suspect and the ranger picked him out of a photo array.

Another individual in the video, a juvenile, was reportedly located by police as well. It is unclear if he will face charges.

According to police, the park ranger, 35, saw between six and eight skateboarders in the Center City park and radioed his supervisor. He then told the group they had to disperse.

In response, a 19-year-old in short braids said, “I ain’t f— leaving.” The teen then punched the ranger in the face and the two wrestled to the ground. The teen then kicked and stomped on the ranger’s torso and his head and then spit on him while his two buddies watched. When a man dressed as Jesus Christ — also known as Philly Jesus — approached the scene the group fled.

A smartphone video of the incident was posted to YouTube on Friday. The video was obtained by police and was removed from the website.

Police posted the video in an attempt to seek information about the suspects in the video.

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