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Park ranger beaten after interrupting assault

Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:13:03 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2014 04:15:51 PM CDT
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HOUSTON (AP) -

A law enforcement officer will need reconstructive surgery for facial and head injuries suffered when he interrupted a sexual assault at a Houston-area park and the attacker turned on him.

Fort Bend County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that Conrad Wilturner, a Houston park ranger, was conducting a property check at the park when he discovered a woman being assaulted.

Authorities say the assailant, identified as 25-year-old Migueal Velasquez of Houston, was armed with a steel pipe early Monday morning when he attacked Wilturner. Velasquez allegedly fled the park but was later found by police.

Charges against Velasquez include sexual assault and aggravated assault of a public servant. He's being held at the Fort Bend County jail on a $750,000 bond.

Online jail records did not indicate an attorney for Velasquez.