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Aug 31, 2010 6:33 PM

Lafayette Scam Advisory

A local man is taken for several thousand dollars after giving a ride to a black male with an African accent. Police responded to the 4100 block of Johnston Street, at 12:36pm, where the victim was involved in a traffic crash while pursuing a suspect. Preliminary information obtained indicates that the victim was approached by the suspect while leaving a home improvement business on Ambassador Caffery and requested a ride. While in the vehicle, the suspect produced a large wad of money and offered to pay the victim. The victim refused payment as the suspect stated he was in possession of a large check that no one wanted to cash. The suspect pretended as if he was unaware of the check cashing procedure at banks in America. The victim stopped at a local bank to demonstrate the process and cashed a check for several thousand dollars and placed it in his vehicle. The two then leave the bank traveling in the victim’s vehicle on Johnson Street when the suspect asked the victim to stop at a local restaurant to use the restroom. The two men exit the vehicle as the suspect grabbed the victim’s bank envelope containing the cash and run towards the road. The victim jumps back into his vehicle to pursue the suspect and is involved in a traffic crash.

The suspect is described as a B/M with a “strong” African accent, 6’0, 250-lbs, clean cut and shaven, salt/pepper hair, wearing a black suit with no tie. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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