'Casanova con man' caught in Portland


by By FRANK MUNGEAM, Kgw.com Staff


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 4:02 PM

An accused con man is behind bars after an arrest in Oregon.

His name is Nickolas Kasemehas but police call him the :Cassanova con man." They say he's a smooth talking schemer wanted for bilking money out of unsuspecting men and women all over the west coast.

Video: Casanova con man suspect caught

Law enforcement authorities up and down west coast have been after him for more than a decade. KGW Reporter Katherine Cook talked with the man who helped catch him.

Evan Weygandt says he still remembers the man who he says walked with a limp but talked a good game, even though it happened four years ago,

"He'd flash money around, buy a lot of merchandise and try and get people to invest with him," Weygandt says, adding: "(a) couple of my co-workers were victims of that."

Kasemehas had warrants in Multnomah, Wash., Yamhill and Marion counties, one in San Francisco and had recently been spotted in Seattle.

So when Weygandt spotted him at the Lloyd center mall, he couldn't believe his luck.

"He was standing in front of me and when he stepped off the escalator and started walking," says Weygandt. "I thought: 'this was Nick.'"

Weygandt called police and stayed on the phone while he tailed the accused con man across to a sandwich shop. Minutes later, police arrived and took the man into custody.

Portland police confirmed that Kasameahs was indeed the suspected Casanova con man.

Weygandt's not sure if there'll be reward money in his future... but he says it really doesn't matter.

He's preyed on people for a long time it sounds like," says Weygandt, "and knowing that he won't be able to do that anymore is pretty rewarding."

KGW Reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report.