A nationwide human hunt for Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, ended on Thursday when she was captured in South Padre Island, Texas, said the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
"I have been promising all the time that Lois Riess would end up in two handcuffs," Lee County underheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement. "Tonight, she's in a jail cell in Texas, and we're working as fast as possible to bring her back to Lee County to seek murder."
The authorities began searching for Riess in Minnesota, where she reportedly killed her husband in March.
The search expanded to Florida earlier this month when officials linked Riess to the shooting death of a woman who looked like her.
Riess is said to have killed the 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson on or around April 5, and then, according to the US Marshals Service, to steal the victim's driver's license, credit cards, and 2005 White Acura.
"Riess" The way of working is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity, "Marceno said at a news conference.
Her arrest comes four days after Hutchinson's car is about 50 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas
Riess was wanted for murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft and criminal use of personal identification, officials said.
She "smiles and looks like everyone's mother or grandmother, and yet she calculates, she's targeted and she's an absolute cold-blooded killer, "Marceno said on Monday about NBC's" Today. "
Riess, also known as" Losing Steak Lois, "has a gambling addiction and frequently visits casinos, which her nickname declared under local police, according to the US Marshals Service.