Update April 19th: Israel Keyes has now been indicted by a federal grand jury for kidnapping resulting in death and receipt and possession of ransom money. This is in addition to fraud with an access device. Keyes has pleaded not guilty on all charges. Read the indictment HERE.
Update April 2nd: Bad news -- the body of Samantha Koenig was found in Matanuska Lake. Updated post HERE.
|Screenshot of Israel Keyes|
Although police are not releasing details of the charges against Keyes, a charging document filed in at an East Texas federal courthouse shows that Keyes is charged with access device fraud, a charge typically levied against an individual who uses another person's bank or credit card to retrieve funds.
According to the original KTRE Channel 9 story, a trooper monitoring traffic along Highway 59 south of Lufkin pulled Keyes over on March 13th after a traffic violation. Once Keyes was detained in the parking lot of the Cotton Patch Restaurant, the trooper discovered that he was a suspect in the kidnapping of Samantha Koenig. The FBI, Texas Rangers and DPS were called in as backup. After searching Keyes' vehicle, investigators found enough evidence to arrest him for suspected kidnapping; he was also searched and then taken into custody for questioning. However, Keyes' identity was not released to the media at that time, which is why we're just finding out about it today. Original KTRE news video showing the arrest embedded below:
A more current KTRE story is available HERE.
Meanwhile, back in Alaska, police spent 10 hours searching a house at 2456 Spurr Lane in Anchorage's Turnagain neighborhood, as Keyes reportedly lived at the house recently. His website indicates that moved to Alaska and started his business in 2007. The Alaska Court System database shows no entries under his name yet. Police have also served nearly 40 search warrants in Anchorage at residences and to get phone records. Two APD detectives have been in Texas for several days helping to work the case.
All those people who complained about the Anchorage Police Department not doing enough have a lot of egg to wipe off their faces tonight.
Update: Michelle Tasker provides the Koenig family reaction on this separate KTVA video (use the link if the embed doesn't work; I've been having trouble with KTVA's embeds):
Reaction from Michelle Tasker also documented by KYUR Channel 13. Analysis: Three possible scenarios present themselves: (1). Israel Keyes kidnapped Samantha Koenig, killed her in Alaska, then fled to Texas. (2). Israel Keyes kidnapped Samantha Koenig and took her to Texas. Of course, this would mean spiriting her through several airports where she could have broken loose and sounded the alarm. However, the Elizabeth Smart case showed us that a kidnap victim can become so intimidated by a kidnapper that they will remain silent in public; Elizabeth Smart had countless opportunities to break loose during her ordeal. (3). Israel Keyes did not kidnap Samantha Koenig, but came in contact with her after the actual kidnapper brought her to Texas. This seems like the least likely possibility, although Anchorage Police Sgt. Slav Markiewicz hinted that the security camera footage taken from the coffee stand played little, if any, role in identifying Keyes. This implies that the kidnapper portrayed in the footage does not look much like Keyes.
Samantha Koenig could still be alive at this point. People with information are asked to call the following numbers: 1-800-225-5324 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.