Neighbors react to the arrest of Mark Sievers

Posted at 11:35 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 23:35:55-05

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Neighbors said Mark Sievers' two daughters were standing in their driveway as deputies in masks with rifles and bullet proof vests took him into custody.

His next door neighbor said deputies found Mark in their backyard.

"They said he was in the back of my house," Mark's next-door-neighbor, Kimberly Torres, said. "He jumped the fence."

Torres said Mark would often linger near her house, looking in the windows.

"Very relieved. I feel like I can come back outside and have my nightly cup of coffee without thinking that he's going to come in the porch like he has done several times," Torres said.

"It means that I can sleep better at night," Torres' mom, Donetta Contreras, said.

Another neighbor, Anna Villareal, said the neighborhood was celebrating.

"It's a great feeling for everybody in the neighborhood. People were cheering when they put him out," she said.

Documents released months ago alleged  Mark Sievers paid the two men arrested in Teresa's murder, Wayne Wright and Jimmy Rodgers, to kill Teresa with a hammer.

But neighbors said they always thought Mark was the mastermind of the crime.

"Stone face is pretty much the word to use for him," Villareal said.

"He's just always gave me that funny, funny feeling," Torres said.

Mark and Teresa's two daughters were in the Sheriff's Office custody until DCF stepped in.

"Anybody who has a heart is feeling very sad for those children right now. They've lost their mom, and no matter how much of a creep their father is, they lost their father," Torres said.

Fox 4 has reached out to Teresa Sievers' sister, but haven't heard back.

In prior conversations, she has said as soon as Mark's best friend, Wright, was arrested, the whole family became "quite concerned."