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Police: Car blocking driveway leads to tow, attack, arrests

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Marcus Forest-Cooper and Mitchell Asa. Booking photos from Portland Police Bureau. Marcus Forest-Cooper and Mitchell Asa. Booking photos from Portland Police Bureau.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two men are accused of attacking a northeast Portland homeowner after their car was towed for repeatedly parking in front of his driveway.

The situation began last week when a man living in the 4500 block of Northeast 18th Avenue said a black BMW was parked in front of his house and partially blocked his driveway.

The man said he left a note on the car asking the driver not to block his driveway.

Then, at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called out to the home on a report of an assault.

Officers arrived and saw four people run away southbound on 18th Avenue. Two men were taken into custody.

The homeowner told police the car was once again parked in front of his driveway, a week after he'd left a note, so he called police and the car was towed away.

Police said when Mitchell Asa, 21, and Marcus Forest-Cooper, 24, returned to the scene and found their car missing, they went up to the house demanding to know what had happened.

Investigators said the homeowner told them the car was towed and they needed to call police to find out further information.

At that point, police said, Forest-Cooper began attacking the victim. He moved into the home and continued the assault, according to officers.

Police said the homeowner grabbed a cordless drill and struck Forest-Cooper in the arm, possibly with a drill bit. At that point, Asa is accused of joining in the attack.

A third person who ran away from the scene when police arrived was not found. A fourth person is not facing charges at this time.

Police said the foursome had parked their car in that area to attend "Last Thursday" festivities on Northeast Alberta Street.

Forest-Cooper was treated and released at the hospital for an injury to his arm before he was booked in jail. Forest-Cooper and Asa are both facing charges of assault and burglary. They are scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday.

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