‘Killer grandma’ captured after tipster spots her in Texas restaurant

A woman of accused of killing her husband and murdering a woman who resembles her was captured Thursday after a nationwide manhunt.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lois Riess, 56, is accused of killing her husband David Riess in Minnesota last month, and then fleeing the state. While on the run she stopped in Florida, and was seen earlier this month in surveillance footage chatting up Pamela Hutchinson, 59, at a bar in Fort Myers Beach.

Hutchinson was found dead in her Fort Myers timeshare days later. Authorities believe Riess targeted her because of a physical resemblance, and stole her car, credit cards, and identification before hitting the road again.

“Riess’ mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity,” Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said in a press conference earlier this month. According to CNN affiliate WINK, authorities believed that Riess took about $5,000 in cash from Hutchinson’s bank accounts while still in Florida.

Authorities eventually captured Riess in South Padre Island, Texas, on Thursday night. Nikki Soto, a spokesperson for the town government there, told WTVR that a tipster has spotted the suspect at a restaurant. Less than half an hour after the witness called authorities, police apprehended Riess.

“I promised all along that Lois Riess would end up in a pair of handcuffs,” Undersheriff Marceno in said a statement. “Tonight, she sits in a jail cell in Texas. We are working as expeditiously as possible to bring her back to Lee County to face murder charges.”


[Feature image: Lois Riess/Lee County Sheriff’s Office]