ELKO — An Elko man who was arrested last summer on burglary charges led deputies on a high-speed chase Tuesday night on Lamoille Highway after allegedly robbing someone at knifepoint at a gas station convenience store.
Elko police Capt. Ty Trouten said officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at 10:15 Tuesday night. The suspect, identified as Timothy Longhurst, 26, reportedly entered a convenience store on Lamoille Highway and pulled a knife on a customer, taking a tablet and leaving the store.
Longhurst’s vehicle was located in Spring Creek by Elko County Sheriff’s deputies during a routine patrol in the Merino Drive area.
“When an attempt was made to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop and led the deputies on a pursuit reaching speeds of approximately 90 miles per hour,” stated the sheriff’s office. “Several times during the pursuit the driver attempted to ram a patrol vehicle with his vehicle.”
“The pursuit continued into the city of Elko,” said Trouten, where police and sheriff’s deputies took Longhurst into custody when he stopped his vehicle on Barrington Avenue.
Further investigation into the pursuit revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was being given a ride to a specific location. When the pursuit began the passenger requested to be let out of the vehicle, however, the request was allegedly refused by Longhurst.
Longhurst was booked into the Elko County Jail on five charges initiated by the Sheriff’s Office: assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree kidnapping, aggressive driving, failure to safely pass, and felony eluding an officer.
He was also booked by the Elko Police Department on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon. Longhurst was being held Wednesday on $246,085 bail.
Inquiries regarding the armed robbery that initiated this pursuit should be directed to the Elko Police Department at 777-7310.
Longhurst was also arrested in August along with Kaylee Sharlow, 21, after he allegedly sold stolen jewelry at an Elko jewelry store.
He was booked on five counts of burglary; buying, possessing or receiving stolen property; attempt to obtain by false pretense; possessing, receiving or transferring stolen property; grand larceny; and conspiracy to commit grand larceny of an automobile, with bail set at $190,000.
Longhurst was also arrested in December for failure to appear after bail on a misdemeanor crime.
Tuesday’s arrest was Longhurst’s fifth since February 2015, according to Elko Daily Free Press files.