ELKO – A kidnapping suspect was arrested Thursday at an Idaho Street motel after driving here from Colorado.

John Baerthlein, 75, of Stateline was arrested in Elko after allegedly taking a senior citizen woman from her assisted living facility in Boulder.

Law enforcement agencies informed Nevada Highway Patrol that Baerthlein was headed west on Interstate 80 toward Nevada, and was possibly at the Best Western.

NHP and police officers arrived at the motel later that afternoon where he was found in one of the hotel rooms with the victim.

Baerthlein was arrested without incident and the victim was not injured, an NHP representative said.

According to a report in the Denver Post, the woman was Baerthlein’s former girlfriend. She has been taken into protective care.

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Baerthlein was arrested on an extraditable warrant. His bail was not listed.

Online court records indicate Baerthlein has a warrant for second-degree kidnapping pending against him.


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