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Con Artist Returns, Beats Victim, 90

A con artist who police say bilked an elderly Pomona woman out of a large sum of money last month returned to her home over the weekend and injured her during a fruitless search for more cash.

Pomona Police Officer Mark Shannon said Jessie Moody, 90, suffered “severe damage” to her nose when she was knocked down twice by a man who barged into her home on West 9th Street on Saturday. Moody was treated for her injuries at Pomona Valley Community Hospital and released.

According to Shannon, Moody’s assailant--who had impersonated a police officer to gain entrance to her home on Feb. 7--appeared at her door again Saturday wearing a white uniform similar to that of a nurse’s aide.

The assailant, a stocky, gray-haired man in his 50s, told Moody he had been ordered by police to return the money he had stolen earlier. But when Moody let the man in, Shannon said, the man knocked her to the floor, bloodying her nose.

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The assailant searched Moody’s bedroom and, finding nothing, knocked Moody down on the way out. Witnesses told police the man was last seen fleeing west on 9th Street.


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