A controversy is developing after a man dubbed the “dine-and-dash-dater” has plead not guilty to 10 felony counts of extortion and grand theft. The man stands accused of setting up multiple dinner dates, but running out on the dates just before the bills would arrive, leaving his dates to pick up the tab.
Man lambasted as the "dine-and-dash dater" after allegedly meeting women at L.A.-area restaurants only to leave them with the bill pleads not guilty to felony charges of theft and extortion https://t.co/T1kOT62Zsd
— KTLA (@KTLA) August 28, 2018
Paul Guadalupe Gonzalez, 45, worked his scheme all across southern California, the L.A. County District Attorney said.
“Eight women purportedly ended up paying the bill themselves, one in the belief that the defendant was going to pay her back, while in two other instances the restaurants picked up the check,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
His reported crime-spree let an easily traced path of evidence. Yet Gonzalez is pleading not guilty to the charges. He was taken into custody over the weekend. If convicted, he could spend 13 years in prison.
“Gonzales is accused of defrauding the women of nearly $1,000,” Fox writes.
This video was shot before Gonzales had been caught:
CBS Los Angeles has been seeking out some of Gonzales’s alleged victims. One of them spoke to the reporters about the date. “He ordered a salad with shrimp, a filet mignon, yes, he went all out” she said.
The “Dine-and-Dash Dater” has been charged w/extortion and grand theft. Investigators say he went to dinner w/women he met on dating apps, drank and ate, then left w/o paying any of the bill. Reaction from women who say Paul Gonzales did it to them #KCAL9 10pm #CBSLA 11pm @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/xStMYXp0d1
— Rachel Kim (@CBSLARachel) August 28, 2018
“All of a sudden he’s all, oh, my phone’s dying and I’m waiting on the call from my mom about my aunt. I’m going to go to the car to get my charger and then my first comment to him when he got up was oh what, you’re not coming back?”
He didn’t come back. The bill for the meal was $130 bill.
CBS2-He could be facing 3 square meals a day—in jail. What the so-called “dine and dash” dater is facing after leaving #women with the bill. @CBSLARachel reports @11 @JeffVaughn @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/fInz2Gy4Mj
— Pat Harvey (@Patharveynews) August 28, 2018
“I didn’t mention it to the restaurant, nothing. I think I was more embarrassed, my pride was just like, you know, I felt dumb.”
She wasn’t alone. Gonzales now has some explaining to do, but not to the women who he left behind. And there’s no filet mignon where he’s going.