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Serial killer tied to gun found in Parishville, Tupper Lake bank robbery


Admitted serial killer Israel Keyes, 34, who committed suicide in an Alaska jail cell earlier this week, admitted to the unsolved April 13, 2009 robbery of the Community Bank on Holsey Avenue in Tupper Lake, according to FBI spokesman Paul Holstein.

In that incident, an armed robber forced bank customers to the floor and demanded money from tellers, authorities said.

The culprit, reportedly armed with a handgun, walked into the branch at 314 Hosley Ave. at about noon and demanded money from a teller. He left the bank with an unspecified amount of currency.

Authorities said they were looking for a white male, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. The suspect was wearing sunglasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans, a baseball cap and a fake mustache and beard. He reportedly left in a vehicle.

Keyes had been awaiting trial for the February kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who he kidnapped as she left work on the night of Feb. 1 from an Anchorage, Alaska coffee stand. He also admitted to the 2011 murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt. Their bodies have not been found.

Mr. Holstein said Keyes admitted to multiple bank robberies, but agents do not know if he is responsible for other heists in the north country, including two bank robberies in Canton. He only gave specific information to the lone north country incident, according to Mr. Holstein.

Keyes also told authorities he robbed several banks to pay for his travel, using money he made as a general contractor as well.

During his incarceration, Keyes gradually began confessing that he had killed others, including four people in Washington state. He also killed someone out-of-state and buried them in New York, but investigators don’t know where or the person’s identity, the FBI revealed at a press conference earlier in the week.

Vermont U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin said Keyes told investigators that he hid the gun used to kill Bill Currier at Blake Reservoir in Parishville. Mr. Coffin said Keyes threw parts of the weapon into the reservoir. He buried the rest near the reservoir, along with a separate firearm he stole from the Curriers.

In interviews with investigators, Keyes detailed extensive planning, including burying caches of weapons at various points across the United States. The FBI says they found a similar site in Eagle River, Alaska.

Keyes owns property with an abandoned, decrepit cabin at 511 Poplar Street, Constable, that was searched by the FBI in late-October, but they didn’t find anything.

Ayn Dietrich, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Seattle, said agents are reviewing unsolved murders across the state to determine whether Keyes might have been responsible.

The FBI has consulted with behavior specialists to develop insight into Keyes’ personality.

Their analysis is incomplete, but they know he was a loner who didn’t have a clear pattern in selecting victims, who varied in gender and age.

Keyes told investigators that he was “two different people.”

“The only person who knows about what I’m telling you, the kind of things I’m telling you, is me,” he said, according to a March 30 police recording released by the FBI Monday.

On Monday, officials at a news conference in Vermont said Keyes described details of the Curriers killings that had not been released publicly.

Authorities said Keyes flew from Alaska to Chicago, then drove to Vermont and picked the Curriers, a couple in their 50s.

He broke into their home and, in their bedroom, Keyes told police, he bound them with zip ties, forced them into their car and drove them to an abandoned house, where he shot Bill Currier with a gun he brought from Alaska, and then sexually assaulted and strangled Lorraine Currier.

Keyes told investigators he chose the Curriers’ home because it had an attached garage, no evidence of children or a dog, and the style of the house clued him in to the probable location of the master bedroom.

Authorities described Keyes as methodical, in the Currier case taking days to find the perfect victim. He was also thorough in disposing of victims’ bodies. Only Ms. Koenig’s body has been recovered.

The FBI contends Keyes killed Ms. Koenig less than a day after she was kidnapped. Her body was recovered April 2 from an ice-covered lake north of Anchorage. Her disappearance gripped the city for weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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