ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage Police Department officially confirmed Tuesday afternoon that investigators believe Israel Keyes, the man previously described as a “person of interest” in the Feb. 1 abduction of Samantha Koenig, was involved in the 18-year-old barista's disappearance.
APD Chief Mark Mew and U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler spoke to the media shortly after Keyes was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on charges related to the alleged use of a debit card stolen from another man’s vehicle, hours after Koenig was last seen.
Keyes, 34, pleaded not guilty to a charge of access device fraud, a charge commonly related to identity theft, on which he was indicted Thursday by a grand jury. He kept his head lowered for much of the arraignment, only glancing back a few times toward the crowd behind him in the courtroom.
Keyes' voice quivered as he explained that he couldn't afford an attorney, telling the court that even if he sold all of his assets -- including tools he used on the job with his business, Keyes Construction -- he would still be in debt. A trial date was set for May 21, and Keyes was ordered detained by U.S. Marshals without bail.