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Crime scene taped roped off the Vortex ride at the N.C. State Fair. (WTVD Photo/ Aaron Asselin)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The owner of a ride at the North Carolina State Fair that investigators said injured five people after safety equipment was tampered with has surrendered to police.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reported that 32-year-old Joshua Gene Macaroni turned himself in, one day after warrants were issued.

Macaroni was charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and a third felony charge of assaulting a juvenile.

Two adults and a 14-year-old remained hospitalized in Raleigh almost two weeks after being thrown from “The Vortex.” Two others were treated and released.

Macaroni is the son of Dominic and Ruby Macaroni, who own Family Attractions.

Boyce said Macaroni is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Read more: The News and Observer of Raleigh