Police: Toddler safe after church kidnapping try

| April 19, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. – Sometimes a police officer is in just the right place, at the right time.

That's what those at Eugene's Bethesda Lutheran Church likely believe. Azoulas David Yurashunas may feel differently.

This weekend, a Eugene Police crime prevention specialist – Officer Steven Chambers – said he was working at a youth event at the church when he "observed a commotion involving a woman calling out for her missing child," according to a press release from the Eugene Police Department.

Chambers and a nearby woman say they both saw a man "luring her 2-year-old child away." The woman grabbed the child, the man jumped into his car and Chambers radioed in the man's description and direction of travel.

"A short time later, Eugene police officers stopped and detained Azoulas David Yurashunas without incident," reports the release.

Yurashunas is 23 years old.

He is now being held on charges of kidnapping, in the second degree, at Lane County Jail.



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