Man attacks city park rangers with knife

Ranger and suspect injured in Forest Park confrontation

A Portland Park Ranger is recovering from non-life threatening injuries in an area hospital after being attacked by a man with a knife in Forest Park Sunday morning.

The suspect is also in a hospital with paralyzing but non-life threatening injuries. He is identified as Patrick Gerard O'Donnell, 50.

Both the ranger and O'Donnell fell down a 70-foot embankment during a struggle.

According to police, at 11:53 a.m. on Oct. 6, officers from Central Precinct responded to a report of a man with a knife attacking people in the park. Before they arrived, the officers were told that two Parks and Recreation rangers had gone to investigate a report of a man exposing himself and harassing female hikers.

When the rangers arrived, the man pulled out a six-inch knife and attacked them. The rangers tried unsuccessfully to escape. In the ensuing struggle, one ranger fell down the embankment with the man.

O'Donnell is in custody at the hospital.