Leslie Isben Rogge
|Leslie Isben Rogge|
Leslie Isben Rogge, taken 1973, as presented by family after surrender
|FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives|
March 8, 1940 |
|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|
Leslie Isben Rogge (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. Rogge was imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, in the 1970s for car theft and grand larceny. 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.
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. 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. He was featured on the television program Unsolved Mysteries and on America's Most Wanted five times. In 1991, he also robbed a bank in Webb City, Missouri.
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. While on the run, he also spent time in Antigua where he went by the name Bill Young.
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.
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- Moore, Molly (June 6, 1996). "You Can Run, But Not Hide, From the Net; FBI Home Page Nabs Fugitive in Guatemala". The Washington Post.
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- Brooks, Jim (May 19, 1996). "Robber on List Snared El Dorado Bank was Target in '86". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
- Price, Joyce (February 22, 1991). "FBI's most wanted meet set criteria". The Washington Times.
- FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives wanted poster of Rogge at the Wayback Machine (archived October 22, 1996).
- "U.S. Fugitive Surrenders In Guatemala After Photo Is Seen On Internet". Associated Press. May 19, 1996.