Judge Dismisses 10 Felony Charges Filed Against “Dine-and-Dash” Dater, Lets Misdemeanors Stand

Published : Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 4:54 AM

A judge in the Superior Court in Pasadena has dismissed 10 felony charges against a man who has been tagged as a “Dine-and-Dash Dater” after allegedly walking out on restaurant bills in the Southland while dating various women.

Judge Darrell Mavis let stand two misdemeanors, petty theft and defrauding an innkeeper, filed against Paul Guadalupe Gonzales.

Mavis also reduced Gonzales’ bail from $315,000 to $100,000. He remains in custody as of Wednesday morning.

Gonzales, 45, was charged last month for defrauding the women by inviting them to dine at expensive restaurants in Pasadena and other Los Angeles areas, including Glendale, Long Beach, and Beverly Hills.

The complaint against him alleges the crimes occurred between May 2016 and April 2018.

Seven of the women testified during the preliminary hearing and said they had no choice but to pay the bill upon realizing the man they had met for the first time had left without paying.

Deputy Public Defender Salvador Salgado, Gonzales’ lawyer, told City News Service he had been saying the charges against his client were not appropriate, and this was confirmed by Mavis’ ruling, he said.

Mavis said he did not dispute the women Gonzales allegedly abandoned were victims, but he was not sure of what crime, according to the report.

Gonzales is due back in court for his arraignment Monday and prosecutors are expected to ask another judge to consider reinstating the felony charges, according to the City News Service..

Court documents showed Gonzales also had a haircut and hair color treatment from a Pasadena salon in April but left without paying.

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