Man arrested in alleged kidnapping attempt

A Salem man was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 6, after an armed disturbance yesterday on Ede Road, outside of Lebanon, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said.

Riley said at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday, the victim called in to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Center stating she had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Lee Jarrett, 37, from Salem. She said she received a call from a family member saying they saw a vehicle they thought might be Jarrett’s sitting down the road from where she was staying.

The victim drove to the location from work to see if it belonged to Jarrett.

As deputies responded, the victim called back to report that Jarrett was in her trailer, had pointed a gun at her brother and the two men were now wrestling over the gun. The victim’s brother was able to temporarily detain Jarrett until deputies arrived, Riley said.
When deputies arrived, Jarrett was arrested and transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Riley said investigators learned Jarrett had been served with a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

During Tuesday’s events, Jarrett entered the victim’s trailer, waiting for her inside. The victim and her brother went inside the trailer to check it and were met by Jarrett, who pointed a gun at both of them. The two men fought over the gun and the victim’s brother was able to disarm and detain Jarrett until deputies arrived.

Detectives found makeshift restraints inside the trailer that Jarrett had created and brought with him to apparently restrain the victim, Riley said. The gun Jarrett brought was found to be a pellet gun, but looked like a real semi-automatic pistol.

Jarrett was transported to the Linn County Jail where he was lodged on charges of first-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree burglary, menacing, fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.