Police: Timbers fan attacked before Sunday's home game

Police: Timbers fan attacked before Sunday's home game
James Decker said a group of San Jose Earthquake fans attacked him and smashed his windshield. (Photo from James Decker)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are searching for suspects  who reportedly attacked a Timbers soccer fan Sunday afternoon before a game at Jeld Wen Field.

The man was driving his car to the soccer game at about 5:30 p.m. when he was accosted by a group that were apparently fans of the opposing team, the San Jose Earthquakes, police said.

James Decker, 40, of Lake Oswego was stopped at a red light at Northwest Sixth Avenue and West Burnside Street. He told officers he held up his Timbers scarf and yelled to the group walking by, which triggered the confrontation.

“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,” according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

Decker said he started to drive away and the woman fell to the ground, so he stopped to check she was OK.

That’s when a group of 10 to 12 men, most of whom were wearing San Jose Earthquakes scarves covering their faces, ran over, jumped on the hood and smashed the windshield, police said.

Someone in the group opened the passenger door and punched him, Decker told police.

Responding officers canvassed the area, but couldn’t find the group.

On Monday, Decker said he is recovering; he has bruises and bumps on his face. He was taking his car in for repairs.

"I'm a huge sports fan from the Midwest," he said. "This is outside the context of anything I've ever experienced."

The female attacker is described as Hispanic, in her 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a heavy build. She was wearing a blue Earthquakes sweatshirt and dark pants.

Most of the other suspects were indistinguishable because of the scarves covering their faces.

Police are seeking details from anyone who may have seen the suspects or have pictures or video of the attack. Send tips to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case No. 13-29732.