Miami Herald

A con man sexually assaulted and robbed a 78-year-old woman last week after she let him into her Little Havana apartment for a ”magic” ritual.

The man posed as a practitioner of Santería, an Afro-Cuban religion, and told his victim her apartment was in need of a spiritual cleansing, police spokesman Delrish Moss said.

The necessary ritual, the man told her: placing jewelry and other valuables in perfumed water.

After performing the brief ceremony, the man sexually assaulted the woman, then fled with her possessions.

Since September, three other Little Havana seniors, one of them a man, have been robbed by a well-groomed charmer matching the con man’s description. Victims described the man as a white Latin, possibly Cuban, with salt-and-pepper hair.

He looks between 50 and 60 years old, of medium build and height. He may be driving a beige car with painted lines on the sides.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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