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 Fugitive
Charges
  • Escape from custody
  • Bank robberies (4)
Alias Bill Young
Description
Born (1940-03-08) March 8, 1940 (age 77)
Seattle, Washington
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Occupation Carpenter, expert recreational sailor, machinist
Status
Added January 24, 1990
Caught May 19, 1996
Number 430
Captured

Leslie Isben Rogge[1] (born March 8, 1940) is an American criminal. He is the first FBI Top Ten criminal to be apprehended due to the internet.[2]

Biography[edit]

Rogge was born in Seattle, Washington.[3]

Rogge was imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, in the 1970s for car theft and grand larceny.[4] 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.[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.[4][6][7] He was featured on the television program Unsolved Mysteries and on America's Most Wanted five times.[4] 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.[4]

Rogge stole more than $2 million and robbed approximately 30 banks in all, and is currently serving a 65-year sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, Beaumont near Beaumont, Texas. He cannot be released until 2048, when he turns 108.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FBI — Ten Most Wanted Fugitives FAQ". FBI. Archived from the original on 2015-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber - Nish Publishing". lesrogge.com. 
  3. ^ https://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/rogginfo.htm
  4. ^ 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. 
  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". Archived from the original on October 22, 1996. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Fugitive Surrenders In Guatemala After Photo Is Seen On Internet". Associated Press. May 19, 1996. 

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