Serial escapee pleads guilty

BOISE -- A Caldwell man who gained notoriety after escaping from law enforcement multiple times in the last year has pleaded guilty.

Rodney Lee Seiber, 37, admitted to attempted kidnapping and escape as part of a plea deal Thursday morning. Seiber gave guards the slip in October as he was being transported by a private security company to Nampa to face carjacking charges.

Seiber convinced the security guards to stop at the Boise Stage Stop so he could use the bathroom. Surveillance video shows the suspect sprinting barefoot out of the bathroom and through a back door a short time later. The guards gave chase, but Seiber dodged them.

"I seen a chance to escape, so I took off from them," he told Judge Lynn Norton in court Thursday.

Seiber attempted to carjack a vehicle by brandishing a knife at the woman inside, but she drove away, leaving him on the roadside. He walked out of the bushes and turned himself in to the security team after about 30 minutes.

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The suspect was returned to jail, but a life-threatening illness one month later persuaded a judge to release him from custody. At the hospital, he slipped into a coma and was put on life support.

It's not clear when he recovered, but at some point Seiber left the hospital without anyone alerting police. He did not pop up on law enforcement's radar until July, when an officer responding to a woman's trespassing complaint about Seiber recognized him.

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A plea deal with prosecutors allowed Seiber to shed several other charges. Prosecutors will recommend a combined sentence of ten years in prison with five years before parole eligibility at Seiber's October sentencing.

Seiber is still facing charges related to a Nampa carjacking in September, during which police say he stole a van at knifepoint and led a high-speed chase before crashing and running into a cornfield. Officers combed the field, but found no trace of the suspect.

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Police showed up at his motel room in Hardin, Montana a week later, but say Seiber jumped from a second-story window and escaped again.

After stealing a four-wheeler and driving it into a ravine, Seiber turned himself in to a search team two days later.

He appeared in court in a wheelchair Thursday, answering Norton's questions with "yes, ma'am" and "no ma'am." Seiber is set for sentencing Oct. 20.


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