“Dine-and-Dash Dater” Pleads Not Guilty to New Misdemeanor Counts Monday as District Attorney Challenges Last Week’s Dismissal of Felony Charges

Published : Monday, September 24, 2018 | 4:54 PM


So-called “Dine-and-Dash Dater” Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, faced new charges at a Monday hearing during which the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office added four misdemeanor counts of defrauding an innkeeper to two earlier similar counts and filed a motion challenging the dismissal of felony charges last week.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the six misdemeanors.

Gonzales is accused of dining then dashing without paying various Southland restaurants, including several in Pasadena, leaving his dates to foot the checks.

Last Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis dismissed ten felony counts against Gonzales.

Mavis found insufficient evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to proceed to trial on those more serious charges of extortion and attempted extortion.

Gonzales was defended at the preliminary hearing by Public Defender Salvador Salgado.

Salgado argued that the felony extortion-related charges were “rather exaggerated.”

The real victims, Salgado said, were not the embarrassed women that Gonzalez ditched, but the restaurants.

Mavis also reduced Gonzalez’s bail from $315,000 to $100,000. Gonzalez was released from jail last Thursday.

Gonzalez is expected back in court for the pretrial hearing scheduled for October 25.

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