Tampa, Florida - The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public's help to find the man they believe is scamming elderly women out of money.
"Every time I think about it now, I start crying all over again because he could have hurt me," said Lamatie Mitchell, the first of three people in East Tampa targeted by the alleged con man.
On February 19, police say Rebrant Dwayne Bryant, posing as a police officer, approached Mitchell outside her home on East 24th Avenue.
"He showed me a badge; it was a brown badge," said Mitchell.
But when Bryant, 53, asked her for money, she grabbed the phone to call her daughter for help but the suspected con man snatched the phone out of her hands.
"I said 'tell me why you're there. Why are you at my mother's house?', and I started to yell at him because he was answering my question, and then I said 'I'm calling the police', and the phone went dead," said Apolonia Mendoza, Mitchell's daughter.
When Mendoza threatened to call the police, Bryant took off running.
But instead of being scared off, he allegedly pulled off a successful scam a few blocks away with another elderly woman just three days later.
According to police, Bryant approached a 90-year-old woman at her home on North 42nd Street and asked to see her money.
He then claimed he was confiscating her $1,300 because the money was counterfeit.
In a third incident that took place on April 3, once again Bryant was suspected of using the same con to get a 70-year-old woman who lives on East Palm Avenue to give up $380.
And this time, he took the scam a step further by talking the woman into riding with him to the bank to withdraw more cash. However, the woman refused and contacted police.
"To target the elderly like that... these folks are on fixed incomes living typically check-to-check, and to take that kind of money from them can actually be significant," said Sgt. Pat Kennedy of the Tampa Police Dept.
Authorities say Bryant has a rap sheet that spans at least 11 states.
He was last seen driving around town in an older model, four-door brown or beige vehicle with a white top, and may be traveling with another man near his age, and a woman in her thirties.
The Tampa Police believe that Bryant has since targeted more victims in the Tampa and Orlando area.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.