Suspect on the run in Kentucky after triple murder

September 27, 2013

Kentucky Pawn Shop

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The suspect accused of shooting three people at a Kentucky pawn shop last week has now been on the run for seven days.

Last Friday morning, police say a man walked into ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville and shot and killed the two owners and a customer. The victims were store owners 34-year-old Michael Hockensmith, his wife Angela Hockensmith, 38, and customer 60-year-old Daniel P. Smith. Smith appears to have had his money stolen by the suspect.

Much of the town was on lockdown for two hours afterwards.

Some of the witnesses include a 9-year-old boy and a little girl younger than 2 years old. The boy called 911 at about 9:15 AM.

Police are looking for a heavy-set white man who is 40 – 50 years old, and has a “dirty gray, dingy beard possibly yellow.” He was wearing a camouflage jacket. He left through the garage door of the building, and ran through the alley. Investigators say he left the scene in a gray or silver van, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any info regarding the shooting suspect, please call Danville police at 859-238-1220 or 859-238-1224. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has offered a $10,000 reward.

Hopefully, police will come out with at least a sketch of what the suspect looks like. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be very much to go on.

UPDATE: 10/11/13 8:30 AM

Police have captured their man. On Wednesday, police charged 48-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree robbery. The most shocking part? Keith is a pastor, and also was the prior owner of the pawn shop.

The day after the murders, Keith posted on his Facebook page, which was recently taken down.

“No sleep at all, I am just in shock right now over this loss of three great people. We never know what is coming on the next breeze so breath deep the breath God gives you now.”

He then posted two comments on the post. The first said, “I also knew the third man he was a business client and good friend. Remember the Smith family also. His wife Sally.” The second comment said, “Any of them would have give you the last dime they had if you needed it. no sense none at all. Dan had given money to support youth camp every year since I have known him. Mike and Angela were counselors. My heart is broken.”

UPDATE: 12/2/13 3:48 PM

Bond has been denied for Kenneth Allen Keith. At a 30 minute hearing yesterday, the judge heard more evidence from the investigation. From Kentucky.com:

Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler refused Monday to set a bond for minister Kenneth Allen Keith after a detective testified that key money-related items belonging to one of three dead victims were found in the Somerset pawn store that Keith operated.

Looks like Keith will be stuck in jail until his trial. His next court date will be a status conference and is set for February 4.

UPDATE: 2/3/14 8:52 AM

The prosecutor in this case has just announced that they will be seeking the death penalty in this case.

UPDATE: 4/10/14 9:05 AM

A status hearing for Keith has been set for July 8, 2014.

Read More:

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