Police arrest one, name second suspect from Union Park garden assault
One of two men suspected of attacking a man who was tending a Union Park community garden last month has been arrested, and police have released the name of the second suspect, who is still at large.
Eric Ivan Ramirez, 23, is in the Jackson County Jail on a charge of third-degree assault. His bail is set at $25,000, jail records show.
Police are still on the lookout for 19-year-old Eddie Emilio Ramirez — no relation — who is alleged to have taken part in the June 27 nighttime assault, which police say "looked a lot like a gang assault."
Eddie Ramirez is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-10 and about 140 pounds.
Police arrested Eric Ramirez at the Jackson County Fair Friday.
The assault occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, June 27. Police said the victim had been tending to some tomato plants at the community garden in Union Park when he was approached by two men, believed to be Eric Ramirez and Eddie Ramirez.
The men had a brief conversation and then the two men suddenly attacked the victim, police said. The man was knocked to the ground, where he curled into the fetal position as the men kicked him multiple times. The attackers fled when the victim started calling for help.
A nearby surveillance camera in the 500 block of Union Street showed two attackers running east from the scene.
The victim has since recovered from his injuries, though he is still shaken by the event, Medford police said.
"It was an unprovoked attack. He was just completely not expecting it," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Anyone with information about Eddie Ramirez's whereabouts is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4784.