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Police Capture Alleged Serial Killer after Nationwide Manhunt

By Henry Chu and Nicholas Riccardi
Los Angeles Times

Alleged serial killer Glen Edward Rogers was captured about 120 miles from his hometown Monday after leading police on a high-speed chase in a car that belonged to a slain Florida woman believed to be the third victim in a cross-country killing spree that began in Los Angeles seven weeks ago.

Rogers -- the subject of a nationwide manhunt -- was spotted on state Highway 52 by State Police Detective Robert Stephens, who carried a photo of the fugitive in his car. Kentucky State Troopers had received an anonymous phone call from a woman saying the 33-year-old blond laborer had just left her house, authorities said.

"I pulled up beside him and was able to get a look at him," Stephens said later. "I knew it was him."

Rogers took a long sip of beer and threw the empty can at the police cruiser and sped off, Stephens said.

After a 15-mile chase, Rogers was run off the road and then quickly taken into custody. A single shot was fired during the pursuit, but no one was injured.

He denied to a TV reporter at the scene that he killed anyone. Rogers has been linked to four recent murders of women in California, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana.

"One-on-one talk to me, in person, alone," Rogers told the reporter, as he was put into a patrol car. He is being held in Richmond, and "is cooperating to some degree," said state police Capt. Charles Bowman.

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department said they would send investigators as early as Tuesday to question Rogers in connection with a Sept. 29 killing there.

Authorities believe he may be responsible for still more deaths, since he once bragged that the Los Angeles slaying was his eighth, according to police.

In his hometown of Hamilton, Ohio, Rogers is wanted for questioning in the 1993 death of his 73-year-old roommate, Mark Peters, whose body was found last year in an abandoned cabin Rogers' family owns in nearby Beattyville, Ky.

And in California, Rogers is now a suspect in four unsolved killings in Ontario and Port Hueneme, where the victims were either strangled or stabbed, set on fire or left in bathtubs.