Documents: The ice cream man was unravelling
TAMPA —After masked robbers shot the ice cream man for $12, Michael Edward Keetley hired a felon bodyguard to ride in his truck with a gun.
That’s according to the bodyguard, David Beckwith, who told detectives Keetley was on a mission: Pose as a cop, find his shooters and “make ’em disappear.”
One summer day, the bodyguard saw Keetley turn his investigation to a girl buying ice cream; Keetley thought she looked like a woman involved in the robbery. The bodyguard watched Keetley ask the girl, who was about 13, if she had a sister.
Keetley wanted to see a picture. The girl resisted, but Keetley became irate, impatient.
“He had her almost in tears when she finally took out her wallet and showed a picture,” Beckwith told detectives.
“And Mike goes, ‘Oh, that’s not the girl.’ ”
The ice cream man was unravelling, witnesses would tell detectives. Intent on vigilante justice…
(collaboration with Jodie Tillman and Tia Mitchell)