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Lakeland man arrested on stalking, abuse charges

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Medina, 67, was arrested on Friday on stalking and abuse charges. Medina, 67, was arrested on Friday on stalking and abuse charges.
WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) - A 67-year-old Lakeland man is facing stalking and abuse charges following his arrest Friday by officers with the Winter Haven Police Department.

Mario Augusto Medina was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting bond.

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According to a Winter Haven Police Department report the suspect encountered his victim on June 2nd at the Wal-Mart location on Cypress Gardens Blvd. Surveillance images obtained from the store shows Medina approaching a 58-year-old handicapped female and two friends.

The video captures the suspect as he stalks the woman. When she’s left alone Medina approaches her and claims he is a doctor that recently treated her at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

The victim in this case has mobility issues and was employing a motorized scooter to get around the store the report states.

On June 2nd Medina continued to compliment her telling her how beautiful she was. He told the woman she looked like his deceased wife.

Investigators say he attempted to get the woman to leave the store with him for a dinner date. Medina is also shown on video grabbing the victim by the shoulders. He also attempted to kiss her against her will.

Medina finally fled the store. Several pictures from the surveillance video were posted on the Winter Haven Police Department’s Facebook page and Medina was identified through a tip.

He is charged with one count of aggravated stalking and one count of abuse of a disabled adult without great harm.

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