LEBANON — A woman entered her trailer off Ede Road on Tuesday afternoon and found her ex-boyfriend inside pointing a pistol at her, but her brother rushed forward to wrestle, punch and strike the man with a handgun to subdue him, according to court paperwork.
The weapon was later found to be a pellet pistol, but Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said it resembled a real semi-automatic firearm.
Joshua Lee Jarrett, 32, of Salem, was charged with first-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree burglary, menacing, fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in Linn County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.
During a brief court hearing on Wednesday afternoon, Judge Thomas McHill set Jarrett’s bail at $50,000. “I am concerned with the information,” McHill said.
According to Riley, a woman called 911 at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday regarding a restraining order she had against Jarrett, a former boyfriend. A family member had told her about a vehicle resembling Jarrett’s parked down the road.
A probable cause affidavit filed in the case states that the woman went with her brother to her trailer, parked at her brother’s home in the 34900 block of Ede Road, to retrieve personal belongings. She hadn’t been staying frequently at the location so Jarrett wouldn’t know where to find her.
She noticed mud inside and figured someone had been there, according to the affidavit.
“When she entered the trailer, she heard something near the bed, and turned to see Joshua Jarrett holding a gun pointed directly at her. (The victim) told me she screamed and dropped to the ground and (her brother) ran into the trailer and began struggling with Joshua Jarrett,” wrote an investigator, in the affidavit.
The victim’s brother said he punched Jarrett in the face and struck Jarrett with a pistol he carries with hopes of disarming him, according to the affidavit. He feared for his, his sister’s, and his family’s lives, he added.
Jarrett was arrested and taken first to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then lodged at the Linn County Jail.
The restraining order was in regards to a domestic violence incident, and Jarrett also had been sending emails to the victim’s workplace saying that she was stealing money from them, according to the affidavit.
According to Riley, Jarrett entered the victim's trailer and waited.
The affidavit states that detectives found zip ties inside the trailer fit together as if to make an impromptu restraint.
Jarrett’s next court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 26.