Police arrest man after park skateboard attack

Police arrest man after park skateboard attack
Ronald Tucker

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a man who they said hit another man in the head with a skateboard on Tuesday at Portland’s Waterfront Park.

Park rangers called police after they saw the attack at around 10:30 a.m.

The suspect ran away after the attack. Police said they recognized the suspect after park rangers gave them a description of the man.

Medics took the victim to the hospital. Police said the victim was not cooperative.

Later that afternoon, park rangers spotted the suspect in a truck parked near the Eastbank Esplanade. The suspect drove away when he saw the rangers, but they followed him on bicycles and contacted police.

Officers arrived in the area, stopped the truck and arrested the suspect, 42-year-old Ronald Tucker.

Police said Tucker and the victim knew each other.

Tucked was taken to the Multnomah County Jail. He faces one count of second degree assault.

"Our Park Rangers displayed exemplary work in helping maintain the safety of our parks," said Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda 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."