CNN Host Mike Rowe Mistaken For Oregon Bank Robber


Mike Rowe is famous for trying his hand at a lot of dirty jobs, but bank robber is not one of them.

After the Medford Police Department in Oregon posted surveillance photos of the suspect in a Jan. 4 bank robbery on its Facebook page, a slew of commenters agreed the man looked a lot like Rowe, host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

The suspect in the armed bank robbery is a man standing 5’6” to 5’8” with small to medium build and brown and shaggy hair, according to the post. He was also wearing a beige colored baseball cap, gray hoodie, and blue jeans – clothes similar to Rowe’s uniform on the show, where he tries his hand at a variety of unique vocations.

One surveillance photo of the suspect, via Medford Police.

Rowe admitted he bears “a certain resemblance” to the suspect, but said he was states away in Kansas at the time of the crime in a post on his Facebook page.

“True, I am often attired in a sweatshirt and ball cap, and yes, I do share a certain resemblance with the culprit. I’ve also been spotted in Medford on more than once [sic] occasion, (a lovely town by any standard.) However, I am not ‘5’6″- 5’8″ tall with a small to medium build.’ The last time I was 5’6” – 5’8” I was in the 6th grade. And the ‘small to medium’ ship sailed some time ago,” Rowe wrote.

In an update online, the police department confirmed Rowe’s alibi checked out, and the search for the real suspect is still underway.

Rowe said he was first alerted to the uproar online while he was traveling.

“I was walking through an airport, looking at my mobile device and checking in on my Facebook page and realizing that 3 million people were saying, ‘Hey, you should check out the Medford police site because it sure looks like there’s an all-points bulletin out for you,’” Rowe said Thursday on “Good Morning America.”