Lufkin kidnapping arrest tied to Alaska abduction

Israel Keyes. Source: Anchorage Police.
Israel Keyes. Source: Anchorage Police.
Source: KTVA
Source: KTVA

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man arrested Tuesday at the Lufkin Cotton Patch parking lot has been connected to an Alaska abduction, according to Anchorage Police.

According to a press release, Anchorage Police have had two detectives in Texas for several days as they investigated the abduction of Samantha Koenig, 18.

Police say Tuesday's arrest of Israel Keyes is directly connected to that abduction, but Koenig is still missing.

"In the long run our goal is the same that's to find Samantha and to bring her home," said James Koenig, Samantha's father.

Keyes is being held in a federal facility in Beaumont. The federal arrest warrant is sealed, so details related to the charges will not be released.

Authorities still need help in finding Koenig. Anyone who has been in contact with Keyes or his business, Keyes Construction, since Jan. 1 should call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Keyes was detained in the parking lot of the restaurant Tuesday afternoon. A DPS trooper pulled him over after he made a traffic violation. Investigators found enough evidence in the vehicle to arrest Keyes for suspected kidnapping.

According to Alaska TV station KTVA, Koenig went missing in early February after an armed man abducted her from an espresso store. Police said surveillance video footage showed Koenig was abducted from the coffee stand by an armed man wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. The community then went into a full effort in trying to find Koenig. One strip club owner even offered his business.

Police say there they suspect Samantha is still alive.

"I'm not working right now and I can't go back to work until I get Samantha home," said James Koenig.

The arrest was a multi-jurisdictional effort by Anchorage Police, FBI, law enforcement in Lufkin and Texas Rangers.

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