Alaska kidnapping suspect charged with access device fraud

Samantha Koenig
Samantha Koenig
Israel Keyes. Source: Anchorage Police.
Israel Keyes. Source: Anchorage Police.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While court records are sealed in the case of an Alaska kidnapping suspect caught in Lufkin, documents show him to be charged on a separate issue.

Israel Keyes is being charged in federal court with access device fraud, which is described as "knowingly and with intent to defraud effects transactions with an access device issued to another person to receive payment and a thing of value during any one-year period the aggregate value of which is equal or greater than $1,000."

Facts for the complaint have been sealed, as well as Keyes' initial hearing in federal court.

Prosecutors have filed a motion for detention, citing risk of flight and retaliation as reasons he should not be released on bond.

Keyes was arrested on Tuesday during a traffic stop on South First Street in Lufkin. Anchorage Police confirmed Keyes was arrested in connection to the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, who was abducted by an armed man in February at an espresso store.

The detention hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

A spokesperson for the family spoke about the arrest Thursday night.

"It's one more thing that's going to hopefully be the key to bringing Samantha home. And, it's one more piece to the puzzle," Michelle Tasker said. "my knowledge and from what I've been able to confirm through James, that he is not a known associate of the Koenig family. He is not a known associate of Samantha. We do not know what connection he has and why he would take her."

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