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Gambling Grandma Behind Bars After Arrest in Texas

Lois Riess was detained by U.S. Marshals and local officials after escaping authorities for more than a week.

56-year-old suspected murderer Lois Riess is behind bars after an almost week-long nationwide manhunt.

She was caught Thursday night in South Padre Island, Texas. A citizen called the U.S. Marshal Service after noticing her from images on the news.

“We look at her appearance, she looks like anyone’s mother or grandmother yet she’s a stone-cold killer,” Lee County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said in a press conference Friday morning.

Riess was last spotted north of Corpus Christi, Texas last weekend. Since then, billboards with her image were put across multiple states, surveillance videos of her were blasted on social media, and U.S. Border Patrol agents were put on alert.

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She was arrested without incident in a restaurant.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says she is being charged of Second Degree Murder, ID Theft, Grand Theft, and Grand Theft Auto. Riess is suspected of murdering 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in a Fort Myers Beach complex in early April.

She also faces charges of grand theft from Dodge County in Minnesota, where she was wanted for allegedly playing a part in her husband’s death back in March.

“We want her here in Fort Myers to face the charges she has,” Undersheriff Marceno said.

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