Man accused of taking Army IDs to stay in custody

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Iraq War veteran accused of stealing the identification information of hundreds of members of his former Army unit will remain in custody.

Twenty-five-year-old Keith Michael Novak appeared at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Monday.

Defense attorney Anders Folk argued that Novak should be released, saying he is not a flight risk and that statements he’s accused of making were nothing more than boasting.

FBI Special Agent Christopher Crowe testified that Novak resisted arrest and had a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol as well as brass knuckles and a folding knife.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel ordered that Novak remain in custody.

The case will be referred to a grand jury. Novak’s next court hearing was not set.

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