ELKO – A carjacking suspect barely made it out of town before he was captured by the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Elko Police Department officers were called to the Red Lion Casino at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a robbery and carjacking. The male victim told police he was confronted by a lone suspect in the parking lot who produced a knife and demanded the keys to his vehicle.
The suspect then drove off in the victim’s Ford F-150 and entered Interstate 80 eastbound.
NHP troopers located the vehicle continuing east on I-80 near mile marker 331. They were able to get the vehicle stopped near mile marker 348 with the aid of spike strips.
The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Robert Chad Holdaway of Salt Lake City, was taken into custody and transported to the Elko County Jail.
Holdaway was booked on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, and driver disobeying a peace officer. His bail was listed at $121,140.
“The Elko Police Department would like to thank our law enforcement partners from the Nevada Highway Patrol and Elko County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case,” stated EPD.
The last carjacking reported in Elko was in March, when a woman’s car was stolen at knifepoint in the parking lot at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.