January 23, 2014 10:40
On Tuesday January 21, 2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Tom McCall Waterfront Park to assist Portland Parks & Recreation Park Rangers on an assault call.
Arriving officers contacted Park Rangers, who told police that they witnessed a man strike another man in the head with a skateboard then run away. One Ranger stayed with the victim, a 21-year-old male, providing first aid, and called 9-1-1 for medical and police assistance.
Another Park Ranger gave police officers a description of the suspect, whom Rangers recognized from previous contacts. The Rangers were also able to share with officers the direction the suspect ran.
Medical personnel transported the victim to the hospital despite the victim's unwillingness to cooperate with police and medical personnel.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., Park Rangers saw the suspect near the Eastbank Esplanade, parked in a truck. The suspect saw the Rangers and drove away, with Park Rangers following on bicycles and in radio contact with police.
Officers arrived in the area and got the truck stopped and arrested the suspect, 42-year-old Ronald Tucker. Assault detectives later determined that the victim and suspect knew each other prior to the assault.
Tucker was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree.
Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz lauded the Rangers' efforts and partnership with Portland Police.
"Our Park Rangers displayed exemplary work in helping maintain the safety of our parks," says Fritz. "I am proud of the great service that our Portland Park Rangers provide for the people of Portland. Thanks to all our Rangers for their continued excellence, in particular the Rangers involved in this incident, Ray Turner, Karras Kalivas and Dave Barrios."
Portland Parks & Recreation is able to facilitate media interviews with the Rangers involved in this incident, upon request. Media should contact PP&R Media Relations Officer Mark Ross at 503-823-5300.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204