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Idaho Fugitive Internetted

First there was Dragnet, now there is Internet. For the first time, the FBI has nabbed one of its most wanted fugitives thanks to the global network.

Leslie Isben Rogge, who had been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for six years, surrendered to U.S. authorities in Guatemala after his picture was seen on the Internet, the FBI said Sunday.

The bureau said this was the first time that listing the most wanted fugitives on the Internet has led to a capture. His picture had been placed on the FBI’s home page and was spotted by someone in Guatemala, who had seen Rogge and alerted the authorities.

Guatemalan police launched a manhunt and Rogge, “feeling the intense pressure,” turned himself in at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, the FBI said.

Rogge, 56, had escaped from federal custody in Idaho in 1985 following a conviction for armed robbery. He also was wanted for bank robbery, transporting stolen property across state lines and wire fraud, the FBI said.


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