Nampa carjacking suspect escapes again, turns himself in east of Boise

sdeter@idahostatesman.comOctober 10, 2013 

Rodney Lee Seiber

A Nampa carjacking suspect who eluded authorities for a week before he was arrested in Montana nearly slipped away again Thursday night east of Boise.

Rodney Lee Seiber, 36, was being transported by a private security company to Canyon County from Nevada, the Ada County Sheriff's Office said. Initial reports indicated that a shackled and handcuffed Seiber escaped the security company's vehicle during a stop to let him use a bathroom.

Officials said Seiber took off near exit 71 — the turnoff for the Boise Stage Stop. Interstate 84 was shut down as officers set up a perimeter and searched the area.

Seiber turned himself in without incident just past 7 p.m., the sheriff's office said. The report of his escape came in at 6:22 p.m.

The latest charge joins others stemming from a series of events that began Sept. 18 in Nampa. That's when when he was suspected of threatening a welding supply company employee with a knife before taking a company van. Seiber eluded authorities after disappearing into a cornfield after the van crashed.

Seiber was believed to be hiding out in the Payette National Forest with his 18-year-old girlfriend. But it was in Montana where authorities nearly pinned him down at a motel in Hardin. The girlfriend, Brittany Robbins of Caldwell, was arrested. Seiber, however, escaped through a second-story window.

On Sept. 25, after police investigated a report of a stolen four-wheeler, the law caught up with Seiber. Cold and hungry, the man who officials said had threatened suicide or suicide by police was tracked down in an old outbuilding behind a ranch. He gave up without incident.

Seiber was booked late Thursday into the Ada County Jail on a felony escape charge. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Sean Deter: 377-6450; Twitter: IDS_Deter

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