Longtime Fugitive Visits D.C. to Surrender on 42nd Birthday

Man wanted for 1997 armed robbery

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    A fugitive on the run for almost 15 years turns himself in near the White House. (Published Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011)

    A man wanted for a crime committed almost 15 years ago turned himself in to police at Lafayette Park Wednesday.

    William Phillip Rohman was accused of brandishing a semi-automatic pistol and robbing a 79-year-old man outside a bar in Missouri on May 10, 1997. The victim managed to get the license plate and police quickly tracked down Rohman’s car and arrested him.

    But after posting $50,000 bond, Rohman disappeared. Twice he’s been on “America’s Most Wanted.”

    Tonight, on his 42nd birthday, he’s in jail.

    Rohman told police he was in D.C. for about 20 minutes Wednesday before he approached U.S. Park Police Officer Carlton Robinson and said he needed police help. He then admitted he was wanted for armed robbery and surrendered.

    Rohman said he saw himself on TV and he was tired of running, Robinson said.

    The officer called it the easiest arrest he’d ever made.

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