Police: Carjacking suspect hiding in Payette National Forest

kterhune@idahostatesman.comSeptember 23, 2013 

— A Nampa man police consider armed and extremely dangerous is believed to be hiding from police in a “squatters camp” near Cambridge.

Rodney Lee Seiber, 36, is a suspect in a Wednesday night carjacking in Nampa. Police say he forced the driver of a Norco van out of the vehicle at knifepoint before leading police on a high-speed chase. Eventually, police say, Seiber slammed into another car near Middleton Road and Fitzwilliam Street, and fled on foot into a nearby cornfield.

An ensuing manhunt through the field did not turn up the suspect. Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Randall said Monday that Seiber was last spotted Friday in Nampa. Police now believe Seiber has fled into the mountains.

An 18-year-old woman thought to be Seiber’s girlfriend is on the run with him, Randall said.

The pair are believed to be at a makeshift woodcutter’s camp between Cambridge and Hells Canyon, Randall said. Seiber may be near the McCormick campground.

Seiber is reportedly armed with a Glock 40 handgun, police said. Randall urged anyone who may be camping or harvesting wood in the area to call 911 immediately if they spot the pair.

“Call us immediately, don’t make contact,” he said.

Officers with the U.S. Forest Service are scouring the woods for the suspect now.

Randall said police do not know if Seiber has enough supplies to stay in the forest for an extended period of time.

But it seems the man has made a plan for what to do if the police come looking for him.

Seiber had told a family member that he would not go back to prison, and was planning to commit suicide or “suicide by cop” if he was caught.

“He’s making indications that he’s not going to be taken alive,” Randall said. “We are considering him extremely dangerous at this point.”

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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