Police were looking for additional victims Wednesday of a 42-year-old man accused of staging multiple traffic collisions targeting elderly motorists in the San Fernando Valley and Mid-City areas.
David Stevens was booked Tuesday on suspicion of grand theft, felony stalking, elder abuse and burglary in connection with the crimes, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was being held on $1.25 million.
According to detectives, Stevens would randomly wave down elderly drivers and accuse them of hitting his car even though no damage was apparent.
Stevens would offer to not report the collision if the victim agreed to pay for the repairs, the release stated.
After pretending to call a mechanic for a quote, the release stated, Stevens allegedly followed his victims to the bank or nearby ATM so they could withdraw cash to pay for the repairs.
In some cases, Stevens allegedly followed the victims home to collect the money. But once the initial payment was made, Stevens often returned to the home repeatedly demanding more money, the release stated.
Stevens was also accused of using fear as a tactic to get money from his elderly victims by reminding them that they could lose their driver’s license because of the age if he reported the accident, police said.
In some cases, the victims withdrew their entire savings account.
Police believe Stevens may have additional victims who have not come forward.
Stevens has black hair, brown eyes and a thin mustache. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 320 pounds.
During the staged traffic collisions, he drove a 1997 brown Chevrolet SUV with license plates 3WVA498 or 7CDG659.
Anyone with information or who may have been a victim or witness to these crimes was urged to call Detective Marjan Mobasser at 818-374-0053. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to http://www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.