'Casanova con man' captured in Portland's Lloyd Center mall

'Casanova con man' captured in Portland's Lloyd Center mall

PORTLAND, Ore. - The so-called "Casanova Con Man," whom authorities believe spent years conning people out of their savings through romantic and friendly relationships, is finally behind bars.

The arrest came after a Portland man recognized 67-year-old Nickolas John Kasemehas in the LLoyd Center Friday.

Evan Weygandt said he was riding an escalator in the mall when out of a crowd he recognized Kasemehas' face; he used to be a customer of a business Weygandt worked at a few years back.

"You know he would buy a lot of merchandise, kind of, you know, flash money around," Weygandt said.

He followed Kasemehas to a nearby sandwich shop while on the phone with police.

"They caught up to him and just got him on the ground and handcuffed him," Weygandt said. "It was pretty routine, actually.

Kasemehas was lodged in the Multnomah County jail on multiple charges including aggravated theft and was being held in lieu of more than $2.2 million bail.

"They've always said, you know, they've been looking for him, they could never find him, he just kind of dropped off the face of the earth," Weygandt said.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Kasemehas, an ex-con with crimes dating to the 1980s, is known for bilking men and women, almost always using gold-investment schemes.

The newspaper talked with a Portland-area teacher who claims to be one of his recent victims. The single mother of three said she lost $50,000 of her retirement savings after dating Kasemehas for most of 2007, the newspaper reported.