A grand jury has returned the indictment against Yevgeniy Pavolovich Savinskiy in the officer-involved shooting at the Lamplighter Motel.

Savinskiy, 37, of Washougal, Wash., has been charged on all but one of the 13 counts the state of Oregon has charged him with, as he waits in the Clatsop County Jail with a set $10 million security.

Savinskiy was arraigned this afternoon in Clatsop County Circuit Court, following the Feb. 12 incident and a five-day hospital stay where he was treated for two gunshot wounds. The shots were delivered by police after he pulled a gun on two Astoria Police officers, before fleeing in a high-speed chase onto U.S. Highway 26.

Of the two most serious charges against Savinskiy, he is charged with attempted aggravated murder of APD officers Joe Simonds and Chris McNeary.

Because of communication issues with a Russian interpreter, Savinskiy appeared in person today - under the watchful eye of law enforcement throughout the room - one day after his arraignment was postponed because of language barriers.

District Attorney Josh Marquis began to describe for Judge Cindee Matyas the way in which the events on Feb. 12 unfolded. However, Savinskiy's court-appointed attorney, John Orr, stopped him before he finished.

"Your honor," Orr said to Judge Matyas, "if Mr. Marquis is asking to increase the bail, he should do so, but a $10 million bail is the highest bail request I've ever seen in 21 years. So I don't know that we need a whole mini-trial to address the release issue."

Marquis said he was only trying to tell the court why the state believes Savinskiy is a flight risk, explaining that the defendant was in possession of a handgun and a 556-caliber assault rifle, as well as a silencer for the latter firearm. He has one other prior conviction for prostitution in Portland.

Marquis also argued that the bail of $10 million may look like a lot of money, but Savinskiy, who is also the suspect in a Ponzi scheme involving tens-of-millions of dollars, would only need $1 million to get out of jail.

Savinskiy is currently being sued by customers of his company, Luxury Auto Sales LLC of Portland, for $8 million.

His release may be too risky for the state, Marquis told the court, and a hearing will soon be set for a no-bail order.

Initially set for March 13, the hearing on bail will be rescheduled because of a scheduling conflict with the District Attorney's Office. That hearing, which will feature witnesses, will be announced at a later date.

The only charge the grand jury is not holding on Savinskiy is the charge of attempted possession of a destructive device. Deputy Chief Brad Johnston of Astoria Police said he believes that charge was a the result of a miscommunication between investigators and the District Attorney's Office when the charges were filed.

The initial call that came in from employees at the Lamplighter Motel, which subsequently sparked the incident, reported Savinskiy had been making a pipe bomb. However, when officers arrived, they discovered he wasn't building a bomb, but a silencer for an assault rifle.

Orr and Marquis traded barbs before court began about the need for Savinskiy to have an interpreter, with Marquis saying he finds it difficult to believe Savinskiy forgot the English language overnight. Orr had said the previous day that there was a difference between conversational English and understanding legal terminology.

The interpreter, Helena Green, a state-certified court interpreter of the Russian language, spoke to Savinskiy throughout the arraignment.

 

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