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Man preying on the elderly in Flint

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(05/21/12) - A Flint man is taken for nearly $200 by a man whom detectives say is preying on the elderly.

The victim was so convinced by the suspect's story of distress, that he drove him to his home to give him money.

Now, he is speaking out to make sure it doesn't happen to others.

The good news is the 83-year-old victim was not physically harmed in any way. But he admits he was shaken-up when he realized he had been had by a stranger who now knew his name, his address and his phone number.

Along a stretch of Fenton Road between Hemphill and 12th street, detectives say a young, black male is standing out in front of local businesses, preying on the elderly.

"He approaches them, gives them a story that he is out of gas, he doesn't have any gas money, he doesn't have a phone. He breaks into a story that he is a former soldier," said Pete Stocchi of Genesee County Elder Abuse.

Detectives say at least two elderly men have fallen for the tale and forked over anywhere between $20 and $200.

One victim, who we are not showing on camera, and whose voice is altered, says the suspect told him he needed to make a call to friends because he was out of gas and needed money.

"He was so soft spoken and well-mannered, I believed him," the victim said.

So much so, that he drove him to his home and gave the man $50 - money that he promised to repay- so the victim also gave him his name and phone number. About an hour later, he called saying he had the victim's money, but didn't have any change.

The victim met the suspect. "He took the money and ran," the victim said.

This time making off with nearly $150.

"African-American about 5'3 to 5'7 mid-20s clean cut, a very smooth talker, no facial hair," Stocchi said.

Detectives say the suspect normally wears camouflage pants and a olive green shirt.

If you have any information, please contact The Genesee County Elder Abuse Office or the Sheriff's Department at the numbers you see on the screen.

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