5-Year-Old Boy Bloodied by Rogue Dirt Bike Rider in NYC Park: Cops

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Police have arrested a dirt bike rider who collided with a 5-year-old boy at a high rate of speed at a New York City park last month, sending the bloodied child to a hospital for treatment, authorities say.

Joel Rodriguez, 29, turned himself in to police custody Thursday and he was charged with reckless endangerment and violation of local law, according to the NYPD. The 5-year-old was in the track and field area at the Bronx's Macombs Dam Park near Ruppert Place with his mother and 2-year-old brother on May 16 when cops say the suspect on a red and white dirt bike smacked into him.

An argument ensued between that rider and park-goers and the suspect ran away from the park, officials say.

Another man came back later to retrieve the dirt bike.

The injured child was treated at a hospital for bleeding to his nose and mouth. No other injuries were reported.

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