Shocking moment police ram the car of Brazilian Tinder user wanted for ‘scamming seven women, including a teacher he stole $28,000 from’ following WILD chase
- Renan Gomes was arrested following a police pursuit in the Brazilian city of São Bernardo do Campo on Thursday
- The 35-year-old was wanted by authorities for scamming seven women he met on Tinder and other dating apps
- One of the victims was identified as a teacher who dated him for four months in 2021 and loaned him $28,000 before he disappeared on her
- Gomes told the women he was single and had no children. He also said he was the son of German parents who died in a car crash in Brazil
A man suspected of swindling at least seven women on Tinder was arrested after leading the police on a high-speed daylight pursuit through the streets of the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo.
Renan Gomes, 35, reportedly met the victims- between the ages of 34 and 40 – on the dating app and dated them for a while before he scammed them and vanished.
Authorities were finally able to locate Gomes on a street in the São Paulo municipality of São Bernardo do Campo on Thursday.
Video showed several marked police cars chasing Gomes before they rammed into his vehicle and caused him to crash.
Brazilian police chase after Renan Gomes before they arrested the 35-year-old who is accused of scamming women on Tinder and other dating apps
The lead prosecutor in the case said that there could be more women who may have been scammed by Renan Gomes
Gomes, who had been wanted since December 2021, set up multiple accounts on dating apps like Tinder, Inner, Happn and Loovo, under the false name of Augusto Keller, according to Brazilian news outlet G1.
‘He presents himself as an affectionate, considerate man, with stories of the absence of a close family or a heavy workload, a pretext that prevented the victim from being included in his social circle,’ lead prosecutor Érika Pucci said. ‘However, he maintained personal encounters, including attending the victims’ residence and meeting their family members, gaining their trust as well.’
Gomes allegedly targeted upper-middle class women and told them that he worked as an engineer. He would also say that he was the son of German parents who lost their lives in a car accident in the Araćatuba, São Paulo.
Renan Gomes set up accounts on dating apps like Tinder, Inner, Happn and Loovo, under the false name of Augusto Keller. His Tinder profile, which was still active at the time of his arrest, read: ‘I’ve been single for a year. I joined the app looking for a serious relationship, if you’re looking for sex or fun, please skip my profile’
Authorities rammed their vehicles into Renan Gomes’ car before he crashed and was taken into custody Thursday in São Paulo
Authorities said Renan Gomes targeted middle to upper class women between the ages of 34 and 40. He dated them for several months and as soon as he gained their trust he would tell them about his financial problems and before borrowing money and disappearing
News portal Tribuna Online reported that Gomes told his victims that he was single and had no children and that he lived in the São Paulo City upscale neighborhood of Jardins.
‘I’ve been single for a year,’ Gomes’ Tinder profile read. ‘I joined the app looking for a serious relationship, if you’re looking for sex or fun, please skip my profile.’
Gomes seriously dated the women and got to know their family members and close friends. Once he had their full trust, he would sell them the sob story that he had financial problems with banks or that he owed back taxes to the Special Department of Federal Revenue of Brazil.
According to Tribuna Online, one of the victims was a teacher who dated Gomes for four months in 2021 and became suspicious when he disappeared with about $28,000.
The woman told investigators she knew something was off when Gomes would constantly change his cellphone.
Gomes never deleted his dating apps and was still active on all of them at the time of his arrest.
Pucci said there could be more victims beyond the seven who had already come forward.
‘The ruse he uses for his coups is precisely the manipulation of feelings,’ Pucci said.