DATE OCCURRED: October 30, 2013 TIME OCCURRED: 2:46 p.m.
LOCATION OCCURRED: 500 block of Nazareth
VICTIM INFO: 3 victims who were 15, 16 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged offenses.
Robert Earle Keith was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on a 3 count Criminal Sexual Conduct warrant. Charges were authorized based upon an investigation that began in July of 2013 of crimes allegedly perpetrated under the guise of martial arts training. These events are alleged to have occurred while Keith was operating a karate dojo in the 500 block of Nazareth from 2009 through January 2013.
Keith is a registered sex offender in Michigan based upon a previous criminal sexual conviction in Wilton Manors, Florida.
Charges alleged in the warrant are: Count 1: CSC in the second degree a 15 year felony. Count 2: CSC in the fourth degree, a 2 year circuit court misdemeanor Count 3: CSC in the fourth degree, a 2 year circuit court misdemeanor
Mr. Keith will be arraigned in the 8th District Court on these charges on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Investigators believe there may be other victims in this case with whom they have not yet spoken. They urge anyone with any information to contact them at 269-381-0391.
ARRESTEE: Robert Earle Keith, 61 years old of Kalamazoo Township
FOR NEWS RELEASE BEGINNING: 10-31-13 at 9:55 a.m.
AUTHOR: D/Sergeant Paul Erlandson
SUPERVISOR APPROVING NEWS RELEASE: Chief Tim Bourgeois
Location: Family Dollar Store 812 Shoppers Lane, in the City of Parchment
Suspects: 2 males. The suspect who is still at large is a black male early to mid 20’s last seen wearing a dark tank top and black jeans. He may have abrasions on his face from falling when he fled from his vehicle.
Incident Summary: The employees of the Family Dollar Store reported a male who was armed with a knife took cash from a register and fled. Officers arrived within approximately a minute of receiving the call. A witness observed the suspect get into a light colored pickup truck. A short time later a Kalamazoo City PSO observed the suspect vehicle on Paterson near Riverview. The suspects fled from the vehicle. One was captured a short time later and the second remains at large at this time. Officers are interviewing the suspect who was taken into custody. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Township Police at 269-343-0551 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or http: //www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com
For Release Beginning: 10-8-2013 1635 hours
Author: Chief Tim Bourgeois
Supervisor Approving News Release: Chief Tim Bourgeois
Anyone with information about an incident is asked to contact TKPD (269)343-0568 or Silent Observer(269)343-2100