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Police charge man with stalking women at Polk County Walmart

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He sure looked professional, like a doctor, but Winter Haven police say he wasn't out to help anyone.

"It is also scary for customers walking around here," said Jill Gawlik.

Police say on June 2nd, Mario Medina was walking around inside a Walmart on Cypress Gardens Boulevard looking for prey.

He allegedly stalked three women: a 58-year-old riding a motorized scooter would become a victim.

"When he approached her, he identified himself as a doctor," said Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester.

He claimed to have treated her at Lakeland Regional, but police say that was a lie.

"He then said she's very beautiful and reminded him of his deceased wife," Hester said.

Cops say medina tried to get her to leave with him, when she refused he ended up grabbing her and kissing her against her will.

Officials think he may have stalked an employee at a nearby Bealls store too.

"We don’t look at physicians as someone who would harm us, so I think that’s why using that as he approaches these women, to put them at ease," Hester said.

A tip from Facebook led police to arrest Medina Friday afternoon. He's charged with aggravated stalking and abuse of a disabled adult without great harm.

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