(WXYZ) - David Klotz is the homeless Toledo drifter who we found last fall. At the time, he was glued for hours to the keyboard of a downtown library computer.
At the time, his former associates told us his postings on social web sites like Facebook and Plenty of Fish were the first step to what they call his “playground.” They say that is how Klotz found women who were looking for companionship.
Local women in Southgate, Flat Rock, Clarkston and Harper Woods said Klotz, using a number of aliases, tricked them on line with smooth talk and sexy photos in order to take their money. Now the online Romeo is under arrest — again.
This time, a Toledo woman says Klotz bit her during a verbal confrontation that turned violent. With his arrest, Toledo police investigators say they are hoping other woman with claims against Klotz will come forward.
7 Action News has the exclusive photo that his past girlfriends said they wanted to see: 50-year old Klotz, standing before a judge. He was in a court last week in Lucas County, Ohio where he faced assault and other charges.
After months of a rocky romance, a Toledo woman said she finally had enough of Klotz. According to the woman, who asked not to be identified, Klotz ran up her credit cards and drained her savings. She said he did this after promising her in a hand written contract that he would pay her a six-figure salary for job in a company he said he owned.
The woman 7 Action News in a telephone interview that, “He wrote up the contract, and I signed it.”
When asked what he offered her, she said, “One-thousand dollars a week… one-hundred grand a year.”
A 7 Action News investigation exposed David Klotz late last summer after he used body-builder photos of a Wisconsin man on Facebook to convince women he was the right man for them. Not only did he tell them he was a rich business owner, but he also claimed to be an FBI agent.
We asked Klotz last August when he was with the FBI, but he walked away from the Toledo library with friends and said, “I never said I was with the FBI. Get away from me. I’m warning you. It’s your last chance.”
In the days before that interview, we tracked Klotz to a homeless shelter in downtown Toledo. But woman in Michigan and Ohio said he also spent days – and in some cases weeks -- with them.
“At first I thought I was the only victim,” said Shari Macleod. “And we find out now that it’s not the case, I mean, there’s so many more victims coming out of the closet now.”
Missy, an Ohio woman who didn’t want to provide her last name, said Klotz “…told me he had just gotten mugged. They had taken everything, had taken his phone and thrown it.”
She also said Klotz also claimed that the alleged robbers,“…took his keys, his ID, his federal ID, claiming he was a federal agent.”
What did Klotz have to say to all this?
“Tell these girls that I don’t want nothing to do with them, leave me alone!” he said.
But Klotz apparently didn’t want to be left alone. He went quickly back online looking for new dates, using the name David Delucci. And that is the same name he used when with the woman he is accused of assaulting her. She told police Klotz bit her during a violent argument.
“We were arguing and screaming at each other,” she explained. “I said something nasty to him and he came after me and I was like on the stairs, and I ran up the stairs, and ran into my room, and tried to push the door, and he got in and grabbed me from behind.”
She said he chased her upstairs in her Toledo home and “…he bit me in the middle of my back.”
“I don’t think he knows how to tell the truth,” the woman said. “I think everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie.”
Detective Sgt. Tim Noble of the Toledo Police Department is familiar with Klotz.
“We’re pretty confident there’s other victims in this area that for some reason or other, because of embarrassment, they did not come forward,” said Noble. “This guys like a one-man crime wave. He’s just a professional thief. He plays upon peoples’ emotions…among other things he’s a very smooth talker and he just comes out with just outlandish make believe stories…and he does it very confidently and believably.”
It was last year when we confronted Klotz. Back then, he agreed to sit for an interview, where he apologized for coning so many woman and promised to change his ways.
“The next time I’m on TV, if there is a next time,” he said. “I want to be on for a good reason, not for hurting women.”
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