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Alaska kidnapping suspect indicted on credit card charge


A federal grand jury has indicted a man suspected of kidnapping an Alaska woman before he was arrested in Lufkin.

With federal authorities remaining tight-lipped about the kidnapping investigation, the indictment shows Israel Keyes stole a credit card, wearing a ski mask and dark clothing, on Feb. 2, in a vehicle.

Anchorage, Alaska Police say Keyes is a suspect in the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, who was abducted by an armed man in February at an espresso store.

The indictment details different locations in which the credit card was used, starting on Feb. 28, in Anchorage, on two occasions. Below are the other times it was used:

* Feb. 29: Anchorage.

* March 7: Willcox, Arizona.

* March 8: Lordsburg, NM.

* March 10: Humble City, Texas.

* March 12: Shepherd, Texas.

* March 13: Lufkin.

The indictment explains how Keyes was seen leaving a motel room at Quality Inn & Suites, located at 4306 South First Street, and putting items into the trunk of a white Ford Focus and leaving the scene at 11 a.m. on March 13.

A state trooper conducted a traffic stop on Keyes at 11:45 a.m. Keyes told the trooper he had flown from Anchorage to Las Vegas on March 7, rented the car at the airport and drove to Lufkin over the ensuing week. He was unable to describe the route he drove or why he drove that route, since he said he was going to a wedding in Wells, according to the indictment.

Keyes became confrontational during the stop, according to the indictment.

The indictment states multiple maps were found in the care with highlighted routes from north to south through California and Arizona and New Mexico. A pair of white tennis shoes were on the floor of the vehicle, which surveillance showed he had been previously wearing. A search of the vehicle revealed a gray hooded sweatshirt, glasses and a piece of a gray T-shirt that appeared to have been cut to use as a facemask in the trunk. They also found the stolen credit card.

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