EUGENE — Quick action by witnesses has helped thwart the kidnapping of a 2-year-old outside a church in Eugene.
Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says witnesses heard a mother calling out for her child outside Bethesda Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon.
Some saw a man attempting to lure a toddler away from the rest of the crowd. A woman grabbed the child, and the man jumped into a vehicle and drove away.
A police crime prevention specialist who was at the scene radioed in descriptions of the suspect and vehicle, and police quickly detained the suspect.
The Register-Guard newspaper reports that 23-year-old Azoulas David Yurashunas was arrested and booked into Lane County Jail. He faces a charge of second-degree kidnapping.