Times-News: Bank robbery suspects hid out in Twin Falls after robbery, like, right next to the bank

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Jake Rowe (left) in a jailhouse photo from earlier this year, and Linda Rowe (right) were apprehended Wednesday, Sept. 4 near Carlin, Nev., wanted for the robbery of a Twin Falls bank in July. - ELKO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Jake Rowe (left) in a jailhouse photo from earlier this year, and Linda Rowe (right) were apprehended Wednesday, Sept. 4 near Carlin, Nev., wanted for the robbery of a Twin Falls bank in July.


Police from multiple Magic Valley agencies patrolled highways and searched northern Twin Falls for an alleged bank robber on July 9, but they cast their net too wide; the suspect and his wife were hiding less than a mile from the robbed bank. The Twin Falls Times-News reports that Jake and Linda Rowe hid in a hotel room with their three kids, ages 10, 14 and 17 and avoided law enforcement long enough to escape across the border to Nevada.

Officers caught up with the Rowes on Wednesday, Sept. 4 near Carlin, Nev., a town just west of Elko on Interstate 80. Police charged the couple with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery at the Zions Bank in Twin Falls.

Jake Rowe, 38, led officers on a 20-mile chase north of Carlin, abandoning the vehicle when it got stuck in the dirt and continuing on foot. Police chased him for another three miles until Rowe pointed a rifle at them. That's when an officer shot him in the stomach.

Rowe was taken into custody and transported by air ambulance to an Elko-area hospital, then transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was reported in serious condition Thursday afternoon. He is expected to be released from the hospital today and taken to the Elko County Jail where he will be held on a $1 million bond.

Meanwhile, his wife Linda, 37, came out of the couple’s residence in Carlin a few hours after the chase and was arrested. It was less of an ordeal. She's being held at the Elko County Jail on a $500,000 bond and will be brought to Twin Falls after an extradition hearing, according to the Times-News.