Seriously, Light could have just done the Sakura TV thing again if he wanted and have them go to the Yellow Box warehouse.
Near didn't have a Watari to back him up, which was stupid. Watari existed to prevent people from putting a stop to L in a mundane fashion or through force, but since Near didn't have a similar safeguard, he could have just had Mikami write a thousand names in the notebook like this:
(Criminal Name) - Heart Attack
Goes to the Yellow Box warehouse by any means possible, arriving at (1 minute after the time they're supposed to meet Near.) Stands still for 10 minutes, preventing anyone but Light Yagami from exiting the warehouse. Dies of a heart attack at the end of those 10 minutes.
So, 1000 criminals flood the warehouse, preventing anyone from moving while Light escapes, and Mikami writes their names at his leisure.
Tl;dr: Near should have died because he was stupid and didn't have backup like L did.
And Roger doesn't count; his face was well-known, since even the task force members could locate and talk to him.