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Lois Riess: Woman who 'murdered victim and stole her identity' arrested

Lois Riess: Woman who 'murdered victim and stole her identity' arrested

Authorities said Riess is in the San Pedro Island jail, and that they are working with Florida and Minnesota investigators to determine where she will be sent next. "Deputies walked up behind her calmly, told her, 'We know who you are.' They put her hands behind her back and they escorted her away from the bar".

Riess has been on the run since her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at their home in Blooming Prairie on March 23.

The beach resort community is located 27 miles from the border with Mexico.

"When she befriends Pam Hutchinson, our victim, she's smiling", he said.

Riess who is known as "Losing Streak Lois", has a gambling addiction and often frequents casinos, the marshals office said.

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"There's a sense of relief today because a killer is off the streets", said Lee County Florida Undersheriff Carmine Marceno at a news conference Friday morning. A day later, Lois Riess was spotted at an Iowa casino, but left before law enforcement arrived.

"I promised all along that Lois Riess would end up in a pair of handcuffs", Marceno in a statement released after Riess' arrest. "There is a legal process, so it will take a little bit of time, but we want her here in Fort Myers to face the charges".

The 56-year-old Blooming Prairie woman is suspected of fatally shooting her husband last month before fleeing the state and killing a Florida woman to steal her identity. He says two undercover officers approached Riess Thursday evening, and that she did not resist arrest. "By the time she realized what was going on, I believe it was out of her control". She also faces second-degree murder charges in Dodge County, Minn., where she transferred almost $10,000 from her husband's business account into his personal account and then forged his signature on three checks to herself for $11,000, according to theft charges recently filed in Minnesota.

Authorities received a tip from an eyewitness who recognized Riess.

She was known in the small town of Blooming Prairie, Minn. - population 1,987 - as "Losing Streak Lois" because of her gambling addiction, the USA marshals said. Hutchinson was found dead in her Fort Myers Beach condo a few days later.

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Authorities believe Riess killed Hutchinson to assume her identity.

Cops say Riess had been seen driving a vehicle that belonged to Hutchinson.

Second-degree murder charges against Riess are pending. "You played a significant part in helping us capture Riess and ending her unsafe crime spree", continued Berger. Hutchinson was vacationing at Marina Village at Snug Harbor on Fort Myers Beach. She used Hutchinson's credit card to pay for a room.

Her arrest came four days after Hutchinson's vehicle was seen about 50 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was arrested at 8:25 p.m. Thursday without incident by the U.S. Marshal's Office and the South Padre Police Department.

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