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Second suspect arrested in Philadelphia park ranger beating

PHILADELPHIA - A second teenage suspect has been arrested in the viral video beating of a Philadelphia park ranger, reports CBS Philly. The 19-year-old believed to have carried out the beating has also been identified.

Sources told the station the second suspect, who was taken into custody sometime in the evening Monday, is a 17-year-old whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile. Earlier in the day, police arrested 19-year-old Curtis Tanner at his home in Pottstown, 30 miles outside of Philadelphia.

Both suspects have been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats.

Tanner was identified by CBS Philly sources. He is accused of taunting and beating a park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park last Friday evening. In the assault - which was captured on video by an onlooker at the park - the suspect is seen wrestling with and stomping on the officer's head while his two friends watch. The unidentified ranger had approached the teens to tell them they were not allowed to skateboard in the park.

"I'm just like, 'This is ridiculous.' I didn't even think it was going to go to the level that it did," Mariano Verrico, who recorded the attack, told CBS Philly. "The one kid who did the attack was saying something like, 'I've been waiting for this moment' or something, so I don't know if something happened prior."

The video ends as the three suspects skateboard away from the scene, after hurling racial slurs at the ranger, according to the station.

The ranger told CBS Philly that he is doing well, recovering at home and looking forward to getting back to work. Police said they still want to hear from anyone with information about the third individual seen in the video recording the incident himself.

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