Police released video of a Center City assault today in hopes the public will help identify one teen and his two co-horts who were caught on camera Friday attacking a park ranger in LOVE Park.
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 removed from the website.
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Police described the the braided teen as standing about 5-foot-10-inches tall and having a dark complexion. At the time he was wearing a grey shirt with red lettering. The second suspected, who recorded the assault on a video camera and was taunting the assaulter, was described as an Asian man between the ages of 19 and 20. He was seen wearing black pants and a black shirt at the time. The third suspect was described as a clean shaven, 19-year-old white male with brown hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a white design on the front at the time of the incident.
Police ask that anyone with information contact police at215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 773847.
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