Timbers fan assaulted by Earthquake fans

James Decker, a teacher at Whiteaker Middle School in Keizer, Ore., told Portland police that he was attacked by a group of San Jose Earthquakes fans prior to the Portland Timbers match on Sunday, April 14, 2013. He spoke to KOIN Monday in Keizer. April 15, 2013. (Lory Olson/KOIN 6 News)
James Decker, a teacher at Whiteaker Middle School in Keizer, Ore., told Portland police that he was attacked by a group of San Jose Earthquakes fans prior to the Portland Timbers match on Sunday, April 14, 2013. He spoke to KOIN Monday in Keizer. April 15, 2013. (Lory Olson/KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 40-year-old Lake Oswego man and Portland Timbers season ticket holder claims he was attacked by opposing fans during a riot prior to Sunday night’s match with the San Jose Earthquakes.

James Decker, a teacher at Whiteaker Middle School in Keizer, told Portland police he was sitting in his car at Northwest 6th Avenue and Burnside Street waiting for a red light when a large group of Earthquakes’ fans walked by.

Decker said he held up his scarf and yelled at them.

“Next thing I know a lady detaches herself from the group, was running over, dives in my car, hits me in the jaw and tries to steal my scarf,” he told KOIN 6 News. “At that moment, about a dozen guys came around the car, one jumped on my roof, jumped up and down, smashed my windshield in, another three guys opened up the passenger door and started punching me in the face.”

Bystanders came to his aid, but by the time Portland police arrived the Earthquake fans had blended in with the large crowd who went to the game.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate any of Decker’s attackers. Several witnesses confirmed the incident, Portland police report.

“We like to have fun, we like to talk trash, but this is unacceptable,” said PPB spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The woman who first punched Decker is described as Hispanic, in her 20s, 5-foot-6 and with a heavy build. She was wearing a blue “Earthquakes” sweatshirt and dark pants. Most of the other suspects were wearing scarves covering their faces, Portland police said.

When contacted, Timbers spokesperson Chris Metz had no comment on the matter, except to say the team was in contact with the Major League Soccer, as well as the Earthquakes.

Anyone who may have video of the attack or information on the suspects is asked to contact Portland police.

Decker said he didn’t sleep Sunday night and he has “thousands of dollars worth of damage” to his car. But he said, “This isn’t going to stop me from going to Timbers games, and rooting for my team.”

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