Jose Adolfo Valencia's mug shot from the Washington County Jail.
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -
A 20-year-old forward from the Portland Timbers was arrested Monday night at a Beaverton apartment complex and a language barrier between the player and officers may have been a factor.
Officers were called to the Waterhouse Place apartments for a domestic disturbance call Monday about 11:15 p.m.
When they arrived, they saw Timbers player Jose Adolfo Valencia in the parking lot, heading for his nearby BMW, police said. One officer then tried to stop Valencia from leaving, but police said Valencia didn't acknowledge the officer and continued to prepare to drive away.
The police report details the confrontation, saying the officer "pinned (Valencia's) left hand with (his cell phone) to his left thigh" as the officer gripped his holstered gun with his other hand.
"When Valencia could not get his left arm free from my grip, he stepped up out of the vehicle and started yelling in Spanish and attempting to push me away," the officer said.
The officer struggled to detain Valencia and only took him into custody once a second officer arrived to help. Valencia was then taken into custody, accused of resisting arrest and interfering with police.
At one point, Timbers teammate Hanyer Mosquera, who like Valencia is from Colombia, showed up at the scene of the arrest.
Police said Valencia shares an apartment at the complex with a woman, and that there had been an argument in the apartment. There were no injuries to the woman that were caused by Valencia, officers said.
Valencia is in his first year with the team and is originally from Bogota, Colombia. He is listed as an inactive player and has not played in a game this season.
Portland Timbers General Manager Gavin Wilkinson said he has been in touch with police and Valencia since the arrest.
"There was definitely a language barrier without question," Wilkinson said. "Here's a kid who has come here; he's only 20 years of age. He dealt with a devastating injury and also, in the same day, he was dealing with some rough news from home. People jump to conclusions, but they're very wrong."
Valencia was released from the Washington County Jail on Tuesday morning. Wilkinson said the young player was clearly upset about the incident.
"He's obviously devastated," Wilkinson said. "The club has put a lot of time and effort into him as a person and as a player. He feels like he's let the club down at the moment, and that's the right response from him."
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