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Two people arrested in California after spring attack on Portland Timbers fan

Aug 29, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

Two soccer fans in California were arrested on Wednesday, four months after a Portland Timbers fan was left battered and bruised, claiming a group of San Jose Earthquakes fans broke his car windshield before the two teams met on April 14.

The Oregonian has the full story, excerpted here:

Jennifer Marques, 29, and Uriel Vargas, 21, were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, Portland police said. They were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and are expected to be extradited to Oregon.

Marques faces assault, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct charges. Vargas is accused of criminal mischief, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police said additional suspects have been identified and they may also face criminal charges.

(Of course, it’s important to note that Marques and Vargas have not been formally charged with anything yet.)

The Portland, Ore., paper also posted a video of the victim, 40-year-old James Decker, telling his story and showing his car with the windshield kicked in:

ESPN reporter Jeffrey Carlisle confirmed shortly after that story was published that at least one of those arrested is a member of the 1906 Ultras, the Earthquakes supporters’ group that has run afoul of its club’s front office on a few occasions this season.

The 1906 Ultras responded to news of the arrests on their website Thursday morning:

This is another step in the process to moving forward and moving beyond the incident. … As a group we don’t condone violence and will continue to work to prevent incidents like these from occurring again.

  1. geojock - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Guessing there is more to this story. Fans attack fans, but rarely to you see fans going into cars to attack fans. I am guessing they probably were provoked. That doesnt make it right, but people get really brave when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    • talgrath - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      The 1906 Ultras are, more likely than not, the most violent of the US supporters groups. Granted, the 1906 Ultras are no where near as violent as European supporters groups, but this isn’t the first time some of their members have been a problem.

      • geojock - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        I am not debating that. I think 1906 Ultras are trash for the most part. It is just that I have unfortunately be around way too many incidents like this to be as naive to think that the victim was just some poor incident bystander.

    • corgster - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      There is nothing more to this story because it was caught on tape by a transit bus. The driver only yelled “Go Timbers!” and waved a scarf. The arrested women crossed three lanes of traffic on the busiest road in downtown Portland. Provocation was quite banal for this school teacher who lives in the richest burb in Portland (Lake Oswego). Just so you know some more details.

      • jswiftys72 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Well as the tape will show charges will also be pressed on the driver for hitting the gas and slamming the brakes 2 different times causing the women to fly out of the window it was not because the light turned green as he stated. And while were I think it’s amazing that this teacher clams to be hit in his face several times but the video of him that night at the scene shows he has no marks on his face or body?

        Just to be clear I’m not saying charges shouldn’t be pressed but the over exaggeration of this event and the Ultras is very bad for American soccer supports that don’t want and MLS to mirror AYSO.

  2. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Only in California. Stay classy California…

  3. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    No wonder the Earthquakes have those poles with nets that divide them from the field. Just like some European clubs. I guess they’re animals.

    • jswiftys72 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      those are only up for the pre game but good catch.

  4. charliej11 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    From now on when Ultra fans come with their excuses, just tell them to tell to tell it to the judge.

  5. jswiftys72 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I’m a quakes fan so I have been watching this closely and am happy we are all one step closer to moving past this. But I have a questions for you locals regarding the use of public funds and power by sending 2 US Marshall’s to extradite a person to from California for a misdemeanor? We’re talking community service and a fine for the charge. It just really makes me think is all this is necessary? Just to be clear I’m not saying slap them on the hand and walk away but at least go with the typical protocol which does not include wasting tax payers money to pick up a first time offender that probably just had too much to drink and acted stupid.

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