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Trial Date Set In Abduction Of Toddler Fifth Defendant’s Arraignment Continued Until Next Tuesday

A June 18 trial is scheduled for four of five people arraigned Tuesday in the abduction of an Oregon toddler whose captors demanded $50,000 and cocaine.

The arraignment of the fifth defendant, David Yepez Cruz, was continued until next Tuesday at the request of his lawyer, Franklin County Prosecutor Steve M. Lowe said.

Superior Court Judge Vic Vanderschoor entered innocent pleas on behalf of the four who were arraigned Tuesday.

Prosecutors contend the defendants took 14-month-old Seferino Moreno of Corvallis, Ore., at knifepoint April 12 from a Pasco apartment where he and his father, 26-year-old Manuel Moreno, had been visiting two adult relatives.

The three adults suffered superficial stab wounds.

The toddler was recovered April 14 when Yepez Cruz and Ramon Carrillo Cazares were arrested after a highspeed car chase in south King County. The child was returned unharmed to his father.

The toddler’s abductors had demanded 5 kilograms of cocaine - or about 11 pounds - as well as $50,000 for the boy’s safe return, authorities said.

Yepez Cruz, 24, of North Bend, and Carrillo Cazares, 21, hometown unknown, each face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault.

Three others face single counts of first-degree kidnapping: Juan Aguilar Cardenas, 22, of Seattle; Miguel Aguilar Cortes, 19, of Seattle; and Angelina Robledo Valdovinos, 20, of Burien.

Yepez Cruz was being held in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. The others were each held on $150,000 bail.

Yepez Cruz had been held in the King County Jail on $500,000 bail for investigation of kidnapping in an April 8 Seattle-area abduction. After consulting with Lowe, King County prosecutors agreed to release Yepez Cruz to Franklin County for prosecution in the Moreno case.

Aguilar Cortes and Aguilar Cardenas were arrested April 13 after they met Manuel Moreno in North Bend, about 40 miles east of Seattle, allegedly to collect a ransom.


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