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Detectives: Hispanic thieves targeting migrant workers

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BRADENTON (FOX 13) -

Marcelo Fierro never imagined a woman asking for directions would lure him into a violent trap.

"He pulled out a gun, and I was forced to get in the car," Fierro said.

It was Monday night. Marcelo had just walked out of a Walmart in Bradenton when a blonde woman asked him for directions.

He didn't know who she was, but he did notice something very unique about her.

"I remember she had a rose tattoo on her neck," Fierro recalled.

As he spoke to her, Marcelo says two men who had their faces covered with a shirt jumped out of a black expedition with Texas plates, and pulled out guns.

They forced the 24 year old into the SUV, stripped him down to his underwear and took everything he had.

"I had $240 and my phone," Fierro said.

After robbing him of cash and clothes, they dumped him behind a Sams club in nothing but his underwear.

Manatee County Sheriff spokesperson Dave Bristow say it's not the first time the woman with the rose tattoo has been used as bait.

"Basically, the same MO and the suspect description is very, very similar and the vehicle description is similar," Bristol said.

The woman showed up at a Bradenton bar last week, and lured two men to a home.

They were ambushed at the home by Hispanic men with guns and robbed of $500 cash and $1,300 worth of jewelry.

Detectives believe the Hispanic thieves are targeting migrant workers who usually carry large amounts of cash.

"I don't have a bank account. In fact, a lot of Mexicans don't. We carry our cash," Fierro said.

And the crooks know it. Residents are warned to be on the lookout for the lure of a rose tattoo with the smell of deception.

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