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Two arrested for 'Last Thursday' assault

A man was assaulted by people associated with a car that he had towed from in front of his driveway during the "Last Thursday" event in Northeast Portland.

Police responded to the altercation and arrested two people. Another one is still being sought.

Mitchell Asa, 21, and Marcus Forest-Cooper, 24,were charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Assault in the Third Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The victim, Dirk Tarman Jr., 37, was not seriously injured.

According to police, at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 4500 block of Northeast 18th Avenue on the report of a disturbance. As officers were en route to the scene they learned that the victim was arguing with some people who had their car towed for blocking his driveway.

As the officers arrived, they saw four suspects run away southbound on 18th Avenue. After a neighborhood perimeter was established, Asa and Forest-Cooper were arrested.

Officers contacted the victim, Tarman, who told police that a week ago, he'd noticed a Black BMW parked in front of his house partially blocking his driveway. Tarman told police that he left a note asking that the driver not block his driveway.

The BMW was parked in front of his house again Thursday night, blocking the driveway, so Tarman called police and Parking Patrol responded and had the vehicle towed.

Tarman told police that one of the suspects, Mitchell Asa, came up to his house demanding to know where the car was. Tarman says he told him it had been towed and they'd need to call police to find out further information. Marcus Forest-Cooper then came up to Tarman's porch and began assaulting him and moved into the house and continued to assault him.

Tarman grabbed a cordless drill and struck Forest-Cooper in the arm, possibly with the drill bit, as Asa also joined in assaulting Tarman. Both suspects and two other men all ran away as police arrived in the area. One of the other two was not located and the fourth was not charged at this time.

Officers learned that the four parked in the area to attend Last Thursday festivities on Northeast Alberta Street.

Forest-Cooper and was treated at a Portland hospital.