Thursday, March 15, 2012

Israel Keyes Arrested In Lufkin, Texas In Conjunction With The Samantha Koenig Kidnapping Case After Traffic Stop

Update December 2nd: Israel Keyes was found dead in his jail cell at 6:45 A.M. on this date. Officials believe it to be a suicide. Updated post with numerous media links HERE.

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
A major break in the Samantha Koenig case has been reported. Israel Keyes was arrested in Lufkin, Texas on March 13th, 2012 and is now incarcerated at the federal facility in Beaumont in conjunction with the kidnapping. As of press time, Samantha Koenig herself is still missing. All Alaska media outlets have published stories, to include the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch, KTVA Channel 11, and KTUU Channel 2. There's also considerable discussion on the Find Samantha Koenig Facebook page, and an interesting nine-page thread on Websleuths.

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.

34 comments:

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  2. I write and maintain a blog which I have entitled “accordingtothebook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.

    The deleted comment stated that I didn't see a follow wedgit...just needed to look harder.

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  3. Also...two of the best years of my life were spent living in Fairbanks. Such a beautiful country.

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  4. All those people who complained about the Anchorage Police Department not doing enough have a lot of egg to wipe off their faces tonight.
    ... That lasted 2 minutes.

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  5. Israel Keyes is Jewish and therefore did nothing wrong. Non-Jews like his victim do not have souls and are the equivalent of animals. That is very explicit in the Talmud.

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    1. My imagination tells me that Anonymous above (Jewish comment) is trying to smear Jews by indirectly claiming that the Jewish faith condones murder. Not true. Btw, its also against the Torah and Talmud to kill animals.

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    2. He was not Jewish. He was born mormon and later called himself an atheist. He attended a church that apparently hated Jews!

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    3. He IS of the Jewish race. His family have infiltrated several churches, Amish, Morman and only ONCE did he investigate the "church" you claim hated Jews. He was truly a self-proclaimed athiest Jew. His victims were ALL Christians. Capeche? Trained by US and Mossad to kill in US and Egypt,then let loose on white, Christian America. Modern day STASI!

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  6. The anonymous above doesn't research enough before making inaccurate comments. Israel Keyes identified himself as an atheist. This means he is likely to believe in atheistic naturalism for the explanation of life and not Judaism. I guess you are right with regard to his presupposition on the the soul.

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    1. Keyes is of the Jewish RACE. He is an obvious Asiatic, with his dark curly hair, and the rest of his family are obviously so as well. The state of Israel have DNA testing which they use to prove Jewish race for citizenship. He's likely not dead, but frolicking in a Jewish whorehouse via Israel's guaranteed amnesty for all Jewish criminals caught outside of their state.

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  7. You are wrong poster from Apr 4. Jewish is a culture, not simply a religion. Many Jews, especially in the U.S., are atheists yet still identify as Jewish and still subscribe to the Jewish-supremicsm on which the Talmud is based.

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    1. Mr. Anonymous, with all due respect owed to your deep hatred for Jews, non-believing Jews do not believe in the Talmud.

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    2. And, btw.. just researched it. He had no Jewish roots whatsoever, nor did he identify as a Jew.

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    3. Yeah, sure, Israel xlax. It's the hysterical paranoia and self-hatred of moneyed, self hating Jews such as yourself that hires and pays assassins like Keyes, isn't it? Why so keen to not only distance the tribe from Keyes, while simultaneously trying to divert attention from his victims by portraying HIM as the furthest thing from the reality? REALITY: His sister is married to a black man. Reality: He killed people of German descent, and Christian faith. The Protocols of the elders of Zion even state literally that their Zionist agenda includes murdering their enemies, and making it look like a random crime, to advance their absolute power over detractors.

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  8. Jews are holding American economy as well, many Jews in USA are not a part of USA they just live there but they are part of Israel.
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  9. More INBRED Israelis doing their EVIL against the world. These filthy animlas need to be sent back to their criminal homeland... Israel.

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    1. Israel Keyes is not Israeli. Good attack (I guess), though. Not sure how a discussion about a serial killer turned into hate speech.

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    2. Don't insult our intelligence1/20/2013 12:16 AM

      Not Israeli, but working for them, and not Latino, but Jewish all the way. Trained assassin. Look at those arms! he has the build of the Goons I've seen photos of who murdered all those women and children as they ran out of the burning church at Waco. Built just like those Delta Forcers, Israeli and American hit men. Training every day to be buff and KILL. Who the UK do you think is paying his FEDERAL attorneys NOW, months after his so called death, to keep the files on his case FROM ALL OF US?

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  10. he is not Jewish. Lots of latinos have name Israel.

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    1. PROVE IT WITH FACTS:

      1. HIS MOTHERS NAME.

      2.HIS GRAND-PARENTS NAMES.

      3. ALL INFO ON THEM.

      BUT YOU'RE TIGHT, HE WAS NOT A JEW.
      HE IS A JUDEO-MONGOL.

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  11. He belonged to a Christian Identity Church. He was not Jewish.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/serial-killer-israel-keyes-worried-reputation/story?id=17885366#.UMNGvvmDmSo
    He was a psychopath & it had nothing to do with his faith or lack there of.

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    1. He did NOT belong to ANY church, Identity or otherwise. Everyone from the area he grew up in can tell you there are no "identity" churches there, and the one church he dropped in ONCE as a KID,(probably to scout for someone to eliminate) is just a hole in the wall with a senile pastor in his 80s. What a deceptive joke to say he belonged to ANY church at all. There are too many people who know/knew him for you to try and pull off THAT lie. He was a drunken hellraiser, and he made monkeys out of the evil bastards that hired him!

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    2. The views of the posters on here are hideous. Never heard anything like it -- and I'm a Christian (of Arabic/Muslim descent). Holy cow!
      Anyhow, Samantha Koenig was Jewish. Just saying.

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  12. FBI says guy was schizophrenic. People on here are ignorant as hell. These guys aren't murdering over religion. They're killing because they're depraved, deranged and long past anything we'd consider mentally and emotionally healthy. Maybe that applies to some of the folks on here? Also, inciting hatred only fuels tragedy.

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  13. I'm not Jewish, but it's a religion, not a race.

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  14. Is ANYbody monitoring this site? I'm from Iran and I have to say the anti-Jewish comments disgust me. They are the comments of criminals and not of civilized and decent human beings.

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  15. I just love how people hide behind their computers and write stuff they would be afraid to say at work or even at home or socially. And if you do say this stuff when you're not behind your screens, I feel so bad for your kids and the people you say it too. For shame!

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  16. Anti-any religion or race is just plain racist!

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  17. Where did some of you people go to school? Cause you're clearly not well educated.

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  18. OMG! what a bunch of racist p-gs.

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  19. Here here!!!

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  20. Guys relax.. Jewish or not does it really matter?
    This guy is a loonatic criminal that should be stopped and sent to the electric chair. What he's doing is wrong not by the Talmud not by the Torah and not by the bible of any culture but by the law and human values and ethics. We are all human nobody is a soulless animal, We all feel pain when somebody hurts us and we all feel scared when this guy is walking among us. I'm Jewish and I love you all, I was born Jewish I didn't ask for it and I also don't regret about it, but it doesn't mean I'm better than anyone else of any other culture or religion. We didn't start the war, We all born into the situation same as each and everyone of you people so instead of looking for reason to hate one another let's understand that we have the chance to really change something in this fucked up world we born into. Someone once said he had a dream, they manage to kill the guy but they didn't manage to kill his dream.

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  21. Sorry Jew haters try again. He is and was not jewish. Not in this lifetime and reality. His name is Israel same as many Hispanics who are named Israel. The same lunatics who said Zimmerman was a Jew are probably the same ones who say Keyes was a Jew. He was born to a Mormon family in Utah, end of story. Regardless of religion, the guy was a criminal. There is no excuse for what he did, in any religion.

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