Examiner readers help capture 26th fugitive

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Crime,Scott McCabe
Members of the U.S. marshals task force arrested a violent sex offender thanks to a tip from a reader of The Washington Examiner, in the 26th capture credited to the newspaper. Marshals deputies said an anonymous caller told them that they had read the "Most Wanted" story about Azeik Keys and had seen the fugitive near a building on Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast Washington.

Deputy marshals kept surveillance on the building and on Monday arrested Keys as he left the location. "Another nice job by Examiner readers," said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Burke said Keys told the arresting deputies that they'd be looking for him again because he vowed to not register as a sex offender, deputies said.

Keys, 33, is listed on the D.C. sex offender registry Web site and is required to provide periodic verification and updates to the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for D.C.

Keys has a lengthy criminal history and has spent most of his adult life behind bars. In 1993, he was sentenced to five years for assault with intent to murder in Prince George's County; in 1997, he was charged with first-degree assault and got a four years; in 2002, he was charged with assault of a U.S. postal inspector and sentenced to more than three years.

Keys was released from prison in March after serving six years in prison on a 2004 conviction for attempted first-degree sexual abuse. He was placed on parole but disappeared a month later and a warrant for his arrest was issued in October, authorities said.

According to the court documents in the 2003 sexual attack, Keys was driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee with a woman and her 1-year-old daughter. He stopped the Jeep and began choking the woman, and told her that he would kill both of them if the woman did not do what he wanted, court documents said.

He then tore the woman's clothes off, all the while continuing to choke her, court documents said.

Police found him the next day after he twice walked out of a liquor store without paying for champagne. Police were taking a report from the store manager, when Keys walked back in and tried to steal a third bottle, police said.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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