2 arrested in attack on Timbers fan

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two arrests have been made after a violent attack on a Portland Timbers soccer fan before a match against the San Jose Earthquakes in Portland this past April.

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. (Lory Olson/KOIN 6 News)

Portland police told KOIN 6 News Wednesday that two people were arrested Wednesday in Santa Clara County, Calif., by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

One suspect is a woman, identified as 29-year-old Jennifer Marques. She faces the most serious charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

A second person, identified as 21-year-old Uriel Vargasa, also was arrested. He is being charged with Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

Both “will be extradited to Oregon and ultimately booked into the Multnomah County Jail,” according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Police said the two were part of a large group jumping on cars, throwing bottles and more before the Sunday evening game.

“[O]fficers and witnesses reported that the crowd was mostly soccer fans, associated with the San Jose Earthquakes heading to Jeld Wen Field for a soccer match between the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes,” according to the bureau.

The arrests follow indictments handed down by a grand jury in Multnomah County .

Forty-year-old James Decker was assaulted in the attack. He initially spoke to KOIN 6 News on Aug. 15 in Keizer, Ore., where he’s a teacher at Whiteaker Middle School.

In a statement Wednesday, Decker said, “I am incredibly grateful to the Portland police, California police, US Marshals, the amazing people that took pictures and called 911 and the gentlemen that came to my aid.”

Police said additional suspects in this case have been identified and more arrests are likely. However, they’re still asking that anyone with tips, videos or photos of that day provide those to Portland Detective Paul Dolbey, 503.823.0451 or Paul.Dolbey@PortlandOregon.gov. The public is asked to reference Portland Police Bureau Case No. 13-29732.

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