Thursday, April 19, 2012

Israel Keyes indicted for 'murdering 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig after abducting her for ransom'

The man suspected of kidnapping an 18-year-old barista killed her less than a day after her abduction and then used her mobile phone and debit card to demand and obtain ransom money, it has been claimed.

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted Israel Keyes, 34, owner of a contracting business, on charges of kidnapping resulting in death, receiving and possessing ransom money and debit card fraud in the death of Samantha Koenig.

The indictment alleges Keyes forced the teenager from the Common Grounds coffee stand in Anchorage on February 1 and took her to his white pickup truck across the street.

Assistant U.S. attorney Kevin Feldis said at a press conference: 'The allegations continue that he confined her and intentionally killed her early the next morning.'

The state of Alaska has no death penalty but Mr Feldis said the crime of kidnapping and killing carries that potential under federal law. Read More