Attempted Church Kidnapping Suspect Now Under House Arrest

| April 21, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. — The man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a two-year-old boy on Saturday is now out of jail and under house arrest.

In this case, a police officer says he saw the kidnapping, which leads some to question the decision to let him out. Eugene Police say one of its officers saw David Azoulas Yurashunas and the toddler interacting, which played a role in his eventual arrest.

It happened in the parking lot of a West Eugene church in broad daylight Saturday. He was arrested and booked in the Lane County Jail, but he was released on house arrest Tuesday after a friend says Yurashunas' parents helped him post $35,000 security, which is similar to bail.

The jail operations manager says under state law, a second-degree kidnapping charge isn't severe enough to hold him.

"All individuals who are charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime, with the exception of someone who's charged with a murder or treason charge, have the constitutional right to post a security," said Lane Co. Court Operations Manager Brooke Marshall.

Yurashunas does have to wear an ankle bracelet until he's either acquitted or convicted of the charge. His preliminary trial is set for April 26th, with a pre-trial set a month later.

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