A homeless woman accused of slamming a car carrying her 3-year-old daughter into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip was likely on her way to Dallas to find the girl's estranged father, authorities said Monday. Suspect Lakeisha Holloway, 24, resided in Oregon and had been in Las Vegas for about a week in her 1996 Oldsmobile sedan, parking it at garages throughout the city, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says. Investigators say she ran out of money and they believe she was headed to Dallas to find her daughter's father after they had a falling out. Authorities say they are struggling to piece together Holloway's background. According to Oregon court records, she changed her name to Paris Paradise Morton in October.
And several years ago, Holloway, a graduate of an alternative high school, received an award for overcoming adversity from the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrial Center. In 2012, she told the Skanner, a newspaper that covers Portland's African American community, that she was homeless during her freshman year in high school. Holloway's cousin, Lashay Hardaway, told the Oregonian that Holloway worked hard to provide for her daughter. She disputed that Holloway was homeless and said she rented a room in Las Vegas. Police believe Holloway intentionally mowed down people on a busy stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, killing a woman from Arizona and injuring dozens of others on Sunday night. Cops say she appeared "stoic" after the incident. (Read more Las Vegas stories.)