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Arrests made in assault of LO soccer fan

More suspects identified in soccer fan clash in April


Two suspects have been arrested and face extradition to Oregon in the assault of a Lake Oswego soccer fan in April.

According to a report from Lake Oswego Review news partner KOIN 6 News, Jennifer Marques, 29, and Uriel Vargasa, 21, were arrested on Aug. 28 in Santa Clara County, Calif., in connection with the assault. Making the arrests was the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. The suspects face extradition to Oregon and being booked into the Multnomah County Jail, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

On April 14, James Decker, 40, of Lake Oswego was assaulted while on his way to a Portland Timbers soccer match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Decker was driving to Jeld-Wen Field when he came upon a large group of Earthquakes fans. As a gesture of support to his team, Decker held out his Portland Timbers scarf and called out “Portland.” Marques then allegedly ran toward Decker’s car, punched him in the face and tried to take his scarf. She was soon followed by a group of men who jumped on the hood of the car and allegedly smashed the windshield and attacked him.

Decker did not require medical treatment, as bystanders came to his aid in time. When the Portland police arrived they could not make any arrests because the Earthquakes fans had blended into the large crowd. Decker’s 2007 Saab was badly damaged in the fan attack, as the windshield was caved in. Decker told KOIN 6 that his car sustained thousands of dollars in damage.

Marques is charged with fourth-degree assault, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Vargasa is charged with first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and disorderly conduct.

In a statement on the day of the arrests, Decker said, “I am incredibly grateful to the Portland police, California police, U.S. Marshals, the amazing people that took pictures and called 911 and the gentleman that came to my aid.”

Portland police told KOIN 6 that additional suspects in the case have been identified and that more arrests are likely. People with information about the case are asked to contact Portland Detective Paul Dolbey at 503-823-0451. The case’s reference number is Portland Police Bureau Case No. 13-29732.



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