Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn. (Dodge County Sheriff's Office via AP)
A nationwide human hunt ended Thursday night near the Texas-Mexican border after authorities arrested 56-year-old Lois Riess In Deaths her husband in Minnesota and then in Florida, the US Marshals Service confirmed late Thursday.
She was found having a drink at the bar at the Sea Ranch restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas. she appeared "cool as a cucumber" until the marshals came to detain her without incident, said Becky Galvan, restaurant manager, opposite the Washington Post.
Riess was searched by federal and local authorities in Florida, where the police believe she made friends, and killed Pamela Hutchinson, who had the same blond hair as Riess. Police believe that Riess then stole Hutchinson's car and identity and fled to Texas.
Riess is also a person interested in the death of her husband in Minnesota, according to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The authorities said they believe she stole his money to play in Iowa before traveling to Florida.
No lawyer could be found for her and it was unclear if she had one.
She was known in the small town of Blooming Prairie, Minn. – Population 1,987 – as "Losing Streak Lois" because of their gambling addiction, said the US Marshals.
"I promised all along that Lois Riess would end up in a few handcuffs," Underunder Carmine Marceno of Lee County, Fla., Where Riess is accused of killing Hutchinson, said in a statement. "Tonight, she's in a Texas jail cell, and we're working as soon as possible to bring her back to Lee County to seek homicide."
Riess was arrested for second degree murder, wholesale theft, wholesale theft of a vehicle and criminal use of personal identification arrested. Minnesota first suspects Riess after her husband's business partner contacted the local authorities in his worm farm operation to inform them that David Riess had been missing for several weeks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. When the police arrived at the Wurmfarm on March 23, they found him dead. He suffered several gunshot wounds.
At that time, Lois Riess was gone.
Investigators believe Riess went to a bank in Glenville, Minnesota on March 23 and faked her husband's signature to collect more than $ 10,000 in stolen checks from him and his business, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal apprehension. Afterwards, according to the investigators, she spent the day playing at the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa.
She was seen by a Kum & Go gas station next to the casino to buy a sandwich and ask for directions, authorities said
Obviously she was traveling to Florida.
There she met and soon befriended 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson, the authorities said.
On April 5, Riess was caught watching TV with Hutchinson at the television Smokin 'Oyster Brewery during happy hour, police said. Other surveillance photos were taken by Riess and Hutchinson at Hutchinson's Fort Myers Beach apartment, where a few days later, on April 9, police said Hutchinson was dead.
The authorities believe she used the same weapon to help Hutchinson Kill her husband.
Hutchinson's handbag was emptied in the apartment. Her identification was missing with her car.
The police said they believe Riess stole them to assume Hutchinson's identity because the two looked the same.
In the days following Hutchinson's death, her 2005 Acura Florida white tag was discovered in Louisiana and outside of Corpus Christi, Texas, a few hours up the coast from South Padre Island.
The US Marshals Service and local authorities of Florida and Minnesota warned everyone that Riess was considered armed and dangerous, urging anyone who saw them to alert the police but stay away from it.
Finally around 8:30 pm Thursday, Marshals found her at the Sea Ranch Restaurant.
She did not look armed and dangerous, the restaurant manager Galvan said, and she did not seem suspicious. Galvan said she sat for about an hour and a half when she was called by the law enforcement agency and told her there was a customer in her restaurant called Lois Riess to arrest her.
"It happened in seconds," Galvan said. "They came in and they left."
John Kinsey, a Deputy US Marshal, told The Washington Post that it was unclear whether Riess was on his way to Mexico. He said she checked in at a local hotel.
"She paid a few weeks," he said.
The marshals found Hutchinson's car in a nearby parking lot.
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