Man accused of setting potential car buyers up, stealing their money

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man accused of stealing money from two potential car buyers has been taken into custody.

Eric Moore was finally arrested on Tuesday. A day after his latest victim came forward, police said.

According to authorities, a woman told police she agreed to meet Moore to purchase a Chrysler 200 in October 2018. She said she would make a down payment of $1,300 for the vehicle once her mechanic took a look at it.

The auto worker was in the process of doing that when he suddenly got called away by another customer. That's when the woman said Moore pulled out a gun and demanded all of her possessions and the money. He then fled the scene in the car.

"Took my money and just left," the woman told WREG. "I'm like, 'God. I can't believe I fell for it.' I should have had him meet me at a police station or something."

A warrant was issued for Moore's arrest shortly after that incident. But police said they were not able to locate him until after his next victim came forward on Tuesday.

The next woman told police Moore came by her home after she said she would buy a Chrysler 200 from him. As she was attempting to exchange the money for the vehicle title, she said Moore pulled out a gun. He took $900 and left the scene in the car.

He was finally arrested on Tuesday and charged with aggravated robbery.

Moore is accused in a third incident that's similar, but he's not currently charged in that case. The alleged victim in that case is Brittany Fitzpatrick. She says she met Moore outside her work in Whitehaven in June 2018 to buy a Chrysler 200 from him. According to a police report, she paid him $1,500 as a down payment and he left, but came back an hour later.

"He was like, 'I need to get something out the vehicle," Fitzpatrick said. "When he got in the vehicle he pulled off."

She wishes he had been caught sooner.

"This could have been resolved and really taken care of. The other young ladies wouldn't have had to go through what they went through if it would have been taken care of when it happened to me," she said.

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