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Man arrested in connection with Koenig abduction

Posted: March 15, 2012 - 4:42pm  |  Updated: March 15, 2012 - 10:08pm
Israel Keyes, 32, was arrested by Anchorage Police on Tuesday, March 13 in Texas. Samantha Koenig's whereabouts are still unknown.   Submitted photo
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Israel Keyes, 32, was arrested by Anchorage Police on Tuesday, March 13 in Texas. Samantha Koenig's whereabouts are still unknown.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A man who owns a construction company in Anchorage has been arrested in Texas on charges related to the disappearance of an 18-year-old barista. authorities said Thursday.

Israel Keyes, 34, was arrested this week in Lufkin in the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, Anchorage police said.

“He’s the only person we charged, and the only person of interest. And the biggest thing at this time is that we haven’t found Samantha Koenig and we don’t know her whereabouts,” Detective Slawomir Markiewicz said.

The arrest warrant remains sealed and police have revealed few details in the incident that began Feb. 1 was Koenig was seen on a surveillance tape being led away against her will at about 8 p.m. from the coffee hut against where she worked by a man with a weapon.

The case has attracted strong interest in Alaska’s largest city. Koenig’s family distributed thousands of flyers showing pictures of the missing woman. Her face continues to be displayed on posters attached to cars, telephone poles and buildings.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell confirmed that few details would be immediately released.

“Because of the sensitivity of the case, they sealed it so it didn’t compromise the case,” Shell told The Associated Press.

A charging document filed in at an East Texas federal courthouse charged Keyes with access device fraud, which in the past has been used to prosecute people who illegally use another person’s bank or credit card to steal money.

The police department announcement said the arrest was a combined effort of Anchorage police, the FBI and Texas authorities,

Shell said investigators want to speak to anyone who had personal contact with Keyes or his business, Keyes Construction.

“They’re just wanting to talk to anybody who may have had contact with him in the past, to see if there’s any links that they can put together,” Shell said. Investigators, she said, are trying to be thorough and believe someone who knows Keyes may be able to help them.

Police served a search warrant Thursday at a house in the Turnagain neighborhood and Markiewicz said Keyes there recently. It was the latest of nearly 40 search warrants served at homes or in efforts to get phone records, Markiewicz said.

The Keyes Construction website said the company offered “foundations to finish work.”

It says Keyes worked in Washington from 1995 to 1997, served in the Army for three years, and from 2001 to 2007 worked for the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay, Wash. He started his Alaska business in 2007.

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Jerry 03/15/12 - 07:22 pm
There is a class for women to

There is a class for women to learn how to operate & shoot pistols, shootguns & rifles starting on may 5th, called Women on Target. This class is put on by Elaina Spraker & it's $25.00 a class, all classes are on saturdays.
I strongly encourage women and teen girls to attend this class, guns & all ammo are provided, & with lunch as well i do believe.

If Samantha had of been packing we would probably not be arresting this guy, and possible partner, buy putting him, them in the ground where he, they belong if guilty.

It amazes me at the number of people that are allowed to Freely pack weapons for protection in Alaska for protection against people that would do them & others harm, yet they refuse to do so. WHY??

Still praying for Samantha.

sharonmorefeld 03/21/12 - 10:01 am
stay safe

This is a sad thing that only an even sadder individual could do. Even though the odds of something like this happening are very slim, it makes me upset just thinking that its still possible! Your odds of this happening to you are greater than winning the lottery, which is ridiculous! We need to step up our abilities to stay safe and hopefully will be able to as security technology further advances.

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