11 Call for Action Investigation: Caregiver accused of stealing money from elderly man

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FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) -- A caretaker has been arrested, accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from an elderly man. Tyler Mouton, 34, is facing charges for theft from an at-risk adult and motor vehicle theft.

Johnny King talks with 11 News Reporter Katie Pelton.

"I feel like I was very much taken advantage of," Johnny King told 11 News Reporter Katie Pelton. The 72 year-old went searching for a caregiver to help him at his home in rural Fremont County.

"I put another ad in the paper looking for somebody else, and this guy named Tyler showed up," said King. According to the arrest affidavit, Tyler Mouton was King's in-home caretaker. "First two or three weeks were pretty good, he did a pretty good job," said King.

King said things took a turn while he was in the hospital in Colorado Springs for health issues. "I have a heart condition, and I was in the hospital for that, and some other things, too," said King. "I was gone for about 31 days. During that time, Tyler just kind of moved in and started taking over."

According to the arrest papers obtained by 11 Call for Action, Mouton was responsible for paying King's bills and caring for his pets and his home. While King was in therapy, court papers say Mouton stole his wallet, his dog, took his jeep and left the state. King had granted Mouton permission to repair and use the Jeep, according to court papers.

King told 11 News his home was a mess when he got back, even though Mouton was supposed to be caring for it. "We came back and stuff was just gone through and everything," he said.

King's new caregiver, Gayle Gutirrez, is left cleaning up the mess. "Sad in my heart. How can a human being do this to another human being," said Gutirrez.

"Tyler was taking things from me that he shouldn't be taking, he was using money that he shouldn't be using," said King. Court papers say Mouton tried to open a bank account with a $200 check from King's account. Then, he reportedly tried to open another account with a $2,000 check.

"I can't sleep at night. I think about things that have happened to me," said King. It's a reminder for all of us to be cautious about who we choose for caregivers. "What would I say to him? I would say you stinking little rat. I trusted you. I treated you like a son, and this is what you did to me," King added.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is handling the case. Mouton is behind bars right now at the El Paso County Jail. He is being held on a $10,000 bond. He is set to be in court Tuesday. We'll keep you updated on the story.

If you're looking for advice on how to find a caretaker, click here to learn more from a local non-profit called Silver Key Senior Services.