Leslie Isben Rogge

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Leslie Isben Rogge
Leslie Isben Rogge
Leslie Isben Rogge, taken 1973, as presented by family after surrender
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
  • Escape from custody
  • Bank robberies (4)
Alias Bill Young
Born (1940-03-08) March 8, 1940 (age 75)
Seattle, Washington
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Occupation Carpenter, expert recreational sailor, machinist
Added January 24, 1990
Caught May 19, 1996
Number 430

Leslie Isben Rogge[1] (born March 8, 1940) is an American criminal. He is credited as being the first FBI Top Ten criminal to be apprehended due to the internet.[2] Rogge was imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, in the 1970s for car theft and grand larceny.[3] He was later convicted and sentenced to 25 years for a 1984 bank robbery in Key Largo, Florida. In September 1985, he bribed a corrections officer and escaped from prison in Moscow, Idaho.

He was born in Seattle, Washington.[4]

Following his escape, he went on to commit additional bank robberies, including one at an Exchange Bank branch in El Dorado, Arkansas, and at a bank in High Point, North Carolina, in 1986.[5] On January 24, 1990, Rogge became the 430th Fugitive to be added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, where he remained for the next six years.[3][6][7] He was featured on the television program Unsolved Mysteries and on America's Most Wanted five times.[3] In 1991, he also robbed a bank in Webb City, Missouri.[5]

On May 19, 1996, Rogge surrendered at the United States Embassy in Guatemala, after Guatemalan authorities had launched a manhunt upon being tipped off by someone who saw Rogge's photo on the FBI website.[8] While on the run, he also spent time in Antigua where he went by the name Bill Young.[3]

Rogge stole over $2 million and robbed approximately 30 banks in all, and is currently serving a 65-year sentence at Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas. He is due to be released in 2048, when he will be 108.


  1. ^ http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/ten-most-wanted-fugitives-faq/
  2. ^ Biography - Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Isben Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals from Nish Publishing Company
  3. ^ a b c d Moore, Molly (June 6, 1996). "You Can Run, But Not Hide, From the Net; FBI Home Page Nabs Fugitive in Guatemala". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ "The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives". FBI. Archived from the original on October 22, 1996. Retrieved October 22, 1996. 
  5. ^ a b Brooks, Jim (May 19, 1996). "Robber on List Snared El Dorado Bank was Target in '86". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 
  6. ^ Price, Joyce (February 22, 1991). "FBI's most wanted meet set criteria". The Washington Times. 
  7. ^ FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives wanted poster of Rogge at the Wayback Machine (archived October 22, 1996).
  8. ^ "U.S. Fugitive Surrenders In Guatemala After Photo Is Seen On Internet". Associated Press. May 19, 1996.