CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Olivia Cyr was in school Friday when she started getting text messages from her mom.
"She sent me some pictures, told me she called some people, and that the dude was really nice," said Olivia.
The dude in their yard was 32-year-old Jacob Joseph Hansel, a criminal, already convicted of dealing drugs and child molestation.
According to police, Hansel had been on the run for 12 hours after allegedly using a gun to rob two Carmel convenience stores on College Avenue. The Circle K at 10598 College Avenue and the Village Pantry at 9601 College Avenue.
"There was just a whole bunch of police officers out here and I figured we got robbed. I didn't think anybody got hurt or anything," said Village Pantry employee, Niesha Lake.
Lake drove by her workplace as police responded but it was her co-worker, who had just started there, who was one of the victims.
"He was shook up. Yeah, of course, if somebody comes in with a gun pointing and it's like your fourth day," said Lake.
Hansel took off, according to police, and eventually ended up in the Cyr's neighborhood. He parked his truck on their street and started wandering through their backyard.
"He was looking at the street very intently, like, I couldn't really figure it out. It was just very suspicious so I asked, 'Could I help you?' and he just kind of looked at me and said he was trying to cut through," said homeowner, Mary Cyr.
Cyr took pictures of the gun she said Hansel dropped in her yard, and his truck but only after calling 911.
"We still had officers in the area, who then made contact with the individual and he was apprehended without incident," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen.
Sheriff Bowen credits the quick capture to excellent teamwork and to Mary, who had a hunch and made the call.
"It feels good, very nice. People should be aware of their surroundings and what's going on," said Cyr.
Hansel is charged with two counts of felony armed robbery. He is currently being held at the Hamilton County Jail.
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