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City Park employee assaulted and stabbed by two suspects at Mansfield Park

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 21:25:35-04

Tucson Police are still on the hunt for two suspects who assaulted and stabbed a Tucson City Park employee Thursday morning

The employee wanted to remain anonymous but says he was cleaning Mansfield Park around 6 a.m. when the park was closed.

He says he noticed two people who have been frequently sleeping there and told them to leave. 

"The guy woke up in a terrible mood and he tried to fight me and I was like, 'Hey dude, if you are not willing to comply then I am going to call the police and they are going to handle the situation,"' the employee explained. 

He said at that point, the suspect grabbed an air pump and started hitting him while the other suspect punched and kicked his back and head. 

"I am reaching for my phone and the split second I reach for my phone and it falls out of my pocket," he explained. "I felt something go into the back of my leg and it felt like a needle so I got away from him because I thought he stuck me with a dirty needle."

He said he looked down at his leg and realized he was stabbed. 

A lot of children come to the park every day and within the last week more homeless people are showing up leaving dangerous items in the bathroom and on the playground, according to the employee. 

"There are always needles in there, crack pipes, there is burnt toilet paper, there are wrappers of aluminum foil," he said. "I find these little kits that have a spoon in there like you can tell its been cooked and its got a bottle cap and a toothbrush in there and it is stuff they use to cook their drugs."

Tucson Police say the male suspect is white, in his early 20's about 6 feet tall with short sandy blonde hair.

The female suspect is Hispanic, in her early 20's, and about 5 and a half feet tall with long black hair, and has numerous tattoos on the top of her feet, according to the police report.

The employee says he visited a doctor Tuesday afternoon and will return back to work tomorrow.