April 2013 Assault of Portland Timbers Fan Remains an Active Investigation

April 2013 Assault of Portland Timbers Fan Remains an Active Investigation

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August 16, 2013 14:35


In April 2013, the Portland Police Bureau began investigating the attack and assault of a Portland Timbers fan who was on his way to Jeld Wen Field for the Timbers match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Portland Police Bureau has received numerous tips from the public that have assisted in this investigation.

Detectives are still seeking additional video or photographs taken at the time of the attack that might assist in identifying the suspects.

Anyone with tips, videos or photos is asked to provide them to Detective Paul Dolbey, (503) 823-0451 or Paul.Dolbey@PortlandOregon.gov, reference Portland Police Bureau Case #13-29732.

This investigation began on Sunday April 14, 2013, at approximately 5:30 p.m., when Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to West Burnside Street and 6th Avenue on the report of a crowd of 70 to 100 people jumping on cars, throwing bottles and being rowdy.

As officers were enroute, other officers reported that he crowd was mostly soccer fans heading to Jeld Wen Field for Sunday's match between the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes.

Officers arrived and contacted a victim, 40-year-old James Decker of Lake Oswego. Decker was seated in his car, a red 2007 Saab 4-door, on the northwest corner of 6th and West Burnside. Arriving officers noted that the windshield was partially caved in.

Decker told officers that he was seated in his car stopped at the red light on West Burnside Street, on his way to Jeld Wen Field when he saw a large group of San Jose Earthquake fans walking towards the stadium. Decker told police that he held up his Timbers scarf and yelled to the group.

Decker told police that a woman in the group ran over to his car and hit him in the face as she tried to grab his scarf. Decker told police that he started to drive away and the woman fell on the ground so he stopped to ask if she was ok. Decker told police that a group of 10 to 12 males then ran over to his car and jumped on the hood and smashed the windshield. Decker told police that one male punched him through the open car window. Decker told police that someone opened the passenger side door of his car and punched him also.

Decker did not need medical attention after the attack.

The suspect that initially confronted Decker is described as a Hispanic female in her 20s, 5'6" tall, heavy build, wearing a blue "Earthquakes" sweatshirt and dark pants. Most of the other suspects were wearing scarves covering their faces.

Officers canvassed the area with Decker in an attempt to find this suspect but were unsuccessful.

Several witnesses confirmed Decker's account and stopped to help.



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