DES MOINES, Iowa (WCCO/AP) — Webster City, Iowa Mayor Janet Adams says an alert passer-by led to the arrest of a Minnesota teenager charged in the killings of two convenience store clerks in northern Iowa.

Adams says the passer-by noticed a young man in an SUV stopped at a traffic signal.

“The car did not move on through the green light and so this citizen, who was walking, thought that was odd,” Adams said in an interview with WCCO radio.

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Officers arrived and arrested 17-year-old Michael Swanson in the McDonald’s parking lot.

Adams says what happened illustrates the need to call in reports like this, whether they turn out to be true or not.

“That’s really a hero in our midst,” Adams said.

She also credits Police Chief Brian Hughes for being proactive after receiving word of the killings.

Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is accused of killing clerks Vicky Bowman-Hall in Algona, Iowa and Sheila Myers in Humboldt, Iowa.

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