Police request help from public in park ranger assault

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The Columbia Police is requesting tips and information from the public after a female park ranger was assaulted Wednesday.

According to officials, the park ranger told the suspect that fishing was prohibited at the location and became agitated and assaulted the victim.

The incident happened around 11:00 a.m. at 4100 block of River Drive.

Police say a witness was nearby and tried to help, but the suspect allegedly threw the man’s glasses into the water before running away from the scene.

The park ranger was taken to a local hospital for her non-life threatening injury.

No one else was physically hurt during the incident.

At this time, a description of the suspect is limited, police say.

To receive up to $1000 for information about the crime or if you know the identity of the suspects, citizens are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: call 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.

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