Riess was arrested in Texas.
"Maybe she just thought it was a small island and maybe she thought she could blend in, but it turned out to be the exact opposite", Beedy said.
"She thanked me, she thanked me", Higginbotham said.
On April 21, she was arraigned at by the South Padre Island Municipal Court.
He said that during those two to three minutes she was inside the restaurant, he considered tackling her, but decided not to in case she had a gun or he'd mistakenly identified Riess.
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Deputy U.S. Marshal John Kinsey confirmed Riess claimed a prize at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La., on April 8.
Authorities said that Riess (left) fatally shot Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in Florida, after befriending her.
South Padre Island police also reported recovering two pistols late Friday from Riess' motel room.
She was caught Thursday evening in Florida. She will be extradited to the state that arrives first.
Officials said Riess transferred almost $10,000 from her husband's business account and forged his signature on three checks to herself, totaling $11,000, after his death.
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Officials from Florida and Minnesota have 10 days to pick her up in Texas.
Investigators believe that on March 23, Riess drove to a bank in Glenville, Minn., and cashed over $10,000 in stolen and forged checks from her husband and his business. She sat there for half an hour at times chatting with others at the bar.
Police believed that Riess was fleeing to Mexico.
Count on WINK News for more information on this developing story.
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