Beth Smith was taking her daughter to school Tuesday morning when they remembered they forget a school project. So they turned around, went back home and found more than expected.
"We were gone maybe five minutes, so he had to be watching for us to leave," Smith said.
Smith couldn't be happier her daughter forgot to grab her homework before heading out the door this morning.
Otherwise, Smith said, "I was afraid, just thinking if we had come in tonight and he was still here."
Smith heard authorities were searching for Hayes Tuesday morning. She even saw police going up and down her street, but her focus at the time was getting that project out of the house and her daughter back to school on time.
"When we walked onto the deck my daughter said somebody has messed our blinds up," Smith told 14 News. "Come to unlock our door and there was a man standing in our kitchen."
That man, Smith says, had his back to the door, but she could clearly see just what he was after.
"He was going through my medications in the cabinet," Smith said.
Smith wasn't the only one who says they came face to face with Hayes Tuesday morning.
Another neighbor, just down the road, says he stumbled upon Hayes sleeping in a bed of hay inside his barn.
Fortunately for Smith, authorities were still in the area following up on that report.
"The police were right here across the street, so we ran around the house and they apprehended him quickly," Smith said.
Smith's husband was out of town at the time, but rushed back to be with his family who are all counting their blessings.
"Just happy it went down the way it did and God was looking out for us," Smith said.
Hayes is facing numerous charges. He's being held in the Hopkins County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
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