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Public Offers Leads on Suspect

TIMES STAFF WRITER

The public is in the hunt.

Nearly 100 viewers telephoned the television show “America’s Most Wanted” early Saturday night after it aired a short segment on suspected killer Glen Rogers, a program spokeswoman said.

The initial wave of calls--an “amazing number,” according to publicist Ivey VanAllen--came after the syndicated program was shown in the nation’s eastern time zone at 9:30 p.m. She expected more calls as the program was repeated in other time zones.

The tips telephoned into the Washington, D.C.-based show will be passed to police and federal agents, who spent Saturday monitoring places in several states where Rogers has visited.

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VanAllen said 385 fugitives have been captured after being featured on “America’s Most Wanted” since the program first aired in 1988.

In the San Fernando Valley, where Rogers allegedly began a killing spree Sept. 29 by strangling a woman in Van Nuys, many calls made directly to police “seemed to be coming from Ventura Boulevard,” said Los Angeles Police Lt. Don Hooper.

“Yesterday, one [caller] was at Starbucks and thought he saw him drinking a cup of coffee,” Hooper said. “By the time we got there, the individual was gone.”

In Houston, police watched the home of Rogers’ two teen-age children while FBI agents fanned out through the area. “Houston’s just one of the five or six cities we’ve got leads in,” said Rolando Moss, an FBI spokesman.

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Police say Rogers, 33, seems to be stopping in places he knows, possibly from his days as a food worker at country fairs and carnivals. He has lived in two of the sites of recent killings--Tampa, Fla., and Jackson, Miss.--as well as in states from Tennessee to Oklahoma.

Times staff writer Leslie Berger and correspondent Nicholas Riccardi contributed to this story.


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