Suspects in elderly skateboard beating in custody

Jason Hanson, 23, was arrested June 30, 2014 in Salem. Hanson is accused of beating an elderly man in a Vancouver, Wash. park. (VPD)
Jason Hanson, 23, was arrested June 30, 2014 in Salem. Hanson is accused of beating an elderly man in a Vancouver, Wash. park. (VPD)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The 23-year-old man who, along with a skateboard-wielding teenage girl, is accused of beating an elderly victim in Vancouver last week was arrested Monday, police have confirmed.

Vancouver Police Department officials said Tuesday Jason Hanson was taken into custody in Salem on an unrelated matter. Detectives will work to have Hanson brought back to Vancouver to be tried, according to department officials.

Surveillance photos of male suspect who assaulted a 64-year-old man in Esther Short Park. A woman was also involved, but police did not have nay photos of her to release, June 24, 2014. (Vancouver Police Department)
Surveillance photos of male suspect who assaulted a 64-year-old man in Esther Short Park. June 24, 2014. (Vancouver Police Department)

Police say Hanson and the teen, whose age prevents her from being identified, were in Esther Short Park June 23 as a 64-year-old man was walking through the area. According to police, the girl asked the man for money, and after he declined, struck him in the head with a skateboard.

Then, as the victim called 911, the man investigators believe to be Hanson started punching him in the face and head. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. His name has not been released.

The teen girl is also in police custody on unrelated charges.

On Saturday, Vancouver police named Hanson the suspect in the crime, distributing a former mugshot to pair with a blurry surveillance image of the two attackers. Thought to have a distinctive Mohawk-style haircut, as seen in both photos, Hanson was arrested in Salem with a newly buzzed head.

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