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Californians arrested for attack on Timbers fan before match in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Soccer supporters visiting Portland form California are accused of attacking a Timbers fan before a match at JELD-WEN Field.

U.S. Marshals arrested Jennifer Marques, 29, and Uriel Vargas, 21, in Santa Clara, CA. They are accused of attacking a Lake Oswego man in his car on April 14.

James Decker, 40, was stopped at a red light in his 2007 Saab at Sixth and Burnside two hours before the Timbers faced the San Jose Earthquakes that day.

Decker initially told police he saw a large group of Earthquakes fans walking toward the stadium, so he yelled, "Go Timbers," toward the group and showed them his Timbers scarf. He said a woman then ran over to his car, hit him in the face and tried to grab his scarf.

Decker said he started to drive away, but the woman fell on the ground, so he said he stopped to make sure she was OK. That's when 10 to 12 men ran over to the car, jumped on the hood and smashed the windshield.

Decker said he was punched at least two more times. He did not, however, suffer significant injuries in the attack.

Several witnesses at the scene confirmed Decker's account of what happened to investigators.

"I'm glad that police did their due diligence and took care of this," said Decker. "And more importantly I want to say, ‘Thank you,' to those people that stepped up and did the right thing."

A Multnomah County grand jury reviewed the evidence in the case following Wednesday's arrest of Marques and Vargas and handed out charges. Marques is charged with assault, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Vargas is charged with criminal mischief, harassment and disorderly conduct. They will be extradited to Oregon and booked into the Multnomah County Jail, according to police.

A Portland Police Bureau release said tips from the public "led directly to the identification and eventual arrest of those responsible for the assault."

Anyone who has tips, video of photos related to the case is asked to contact Detective Paul Dolbey at 503-823-0451 or Paul.Dolbey@PortlandOregon.gov.

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