ELKO — An Idaho bank robbery suspect was hospitalized Thursday after being shot and wounded by police in the remote Northern Nevada desert.
Jake Rowe, 38, fled into the desert north of Carlin as officers from various police agencies were trying to arrest him on a warrant for the July holdup of a bank in Twin Falls, Elko County Undersheriff Clair Morris said.
Rowe is known to law enforcement, Morris said.
“He’s been involved in drug activity,” he said, adding Rowe’s been known to have weapons and explosives.
Authorities wanted to avoid a confrontation at Rowe’s residence because of concern for children in the home and the proximity to schools and others in town.
“We thought we’d try to catch him while he was moving,” Morris said.
But Rowe took off, leading officers on a 20-mile chase on dirt roads north of Carlin, a town just west of Elko along Interstate 80.
Morris said Rowe abandoned the vehicle when it got stuck on a dirt road in an area known as Swale Mountain. He then took off on foot, and police chased him for another three or four miles.
A confrontation resulted when Rowe pointed a weapon at officers and they fired, Morris said.
Rowe was flown to a hospital in Elko before being transferred to a hospital in Boise, Idaho, with a gunshot wound to the stomach, Morris said.
Rowe’s wife, Linda, who is also a suspect in the July bank robbery, came out of the residence in Carlin a couple of hours later and was arrested on a federal warrant. She was jailed on a $500,000 warrant.