A Salem man who reportedly tried to kidnap an ex-girlfriend in the Lebanon area on Tuesday was charged Thursday afternoon in a separate case in Linn County Circuit Court with kidnapping and other crimes regarding a mid-January incident.

The victim is the same in both cases.

Joshua Lee Jarrett, 32, was arraigned on charges of second-degree kidnapping, coercion and strangulation on Thursday.

The charging document, which alleges that the crimes took place on Jan. 18, states that Jarrett threatened one of the victim’s family members with physical injury if the victim did not cooperate.

During a brief court hearing on Thursday afternoon, Judge Thomas McHill set Jarrett’s bail at $50,000.

That’s on top of $50,000 security from Wednesday afternoon, when Jarrett was charged with attempted first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, menacing, fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in a separate case.

According to authorities and court paperwork, Jarrett broke into his ex-girlfriend’s trailer off Ede Road and waited, then pointed a realistic-looking pellet gun at her when she walked inside on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s brother immediately rushed Jarrett, wrestled, punched and hit him with a handgun to subdue him, a probable cause affidavit states.

A probable cause affidavit was not immediately available from the Thursday afternoon arraignment.

Heidi Sternhagen was appointed defense counsel in both cases. The next hearings in both cases is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Second-degree kidnapping is usually a Measure 11 crime with a mandatory minimum sentence of six years in prison. A judge, in certain circumstances, can make exceptions to the Measure 11 sentencing rules with this crime, however.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.


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