Primary Suspect Under Arrest In LOVE Park Ranger Beating

Primary Suspect Under Arrest In LOVE Park Ranger Beating

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PHILADELPHIA -

There is outrage over the brutal beating you see in this video. It shows a park ranger being knocked to the ground, pummeled with punches, spit on, kicked and taunted by others standing nearby at LOVE Park.

Now, police say they've made one arrest, and more could be coming, FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reported live Monday night.

Curtis Tanner, 19, said nothing as he was escorted into Central Detectives on Monday afternoon. Police say he's under arrest in the brutal Friday afternoon that was all caught on tape.

Police say he's been arrested twice before, once for robbery in Montgomery County and once in Philadelphia for disorderly conduct.

This time, he faces much more serious charges.

"Look at what we're up against," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. "These are the very same people that we have to go out and deal with on a daily basis. They just simply do not care."

The Pottstown teenager was arrested there overnight and turned over to Philadelphia detectives Monday.

Investigators also brought in a second person of interest as they try to identify and arrest everyone involved in the taunting, beating and videotaping of the ranger's attack.

"These guys are just thugs," Ramsey said. "You know, he's kicking a man in the head – could have caused grave injury."

Police say it was Tanner who punched, kicked and spit on the ranger after he warned a group of six to eight young people to stop skateboarding in LOVE Park, where skateboarding has been banned for years.

"They shouldn't be skateboarding there. The city built a skateboard park there right off of Kelly Drive," Ramsey said.

Detectives say they've gotten lots of tips since this video shot by a northern New Jersey park visitor hit YouTube.

Ramsey says anyone connected to the attack will be caught and prosecuted.

"Hopefully, he goes to the penitentiary," the police commissioner said. "And, if it was me, and they better be glad I'm not a judge, all of those little guys standing around would be in the joint, too."

Ramsey added, "When you're told to stop and leave, stop and leave."

Police say they're still trying to identify a third suspect who recorded the attack. That footage has not surfaced.

Tanner faces aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges, Schratwieser reported.

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