According to sources, Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45 from Los Angeles man earned the name of the “dine-and-dash dater” after allegedly meeting a string of women online and inviting them on dinner dates, only to run out and leave them to foot the bill. Many of them, if not all, were not pleased at all. Now he faces jail and even 13 years in the lam.
On Monday, Gonzales pleaded not guilty to felony charges of theft and extortion.
If Convicted, Gonzales Could Face Up to 13 Years in Jail for Allegedly Stealing from Women and Restaurants.
Prosecutors say Gonzales carried out his “dine and dash” scheme at least ten times, meeting women on dating sites and inviting them to dinner, only to hurry away at the end of the meal and leave the women to pay the bill.
In about eight of the cases, the women he had invited to dine paid for dinner, hoping that Gonzales would eventually pay them back. Apparently, this never happened. So, they reported it to the authorities.
In another two other cases, the restaurant owners paid for the meals.
Gonzales varied his techniques from one date to another, but his basic Modus Operand was always the same. How ?
He’d meet a woman on a dating site and he would make them believe that he had intense interest in her, acting charming and, in at least one case, a bit fawning.
Then he’d invite the woman out on a date at a fancy and expensive restaurant. Over dinner, he’d continue to be charming and attentive. But then suddenly, just before the check arrived, he’d make up an excuse to leave the table, sometimes to make an “urgent phone call” — but he would never come back.
In one case, Gonzales said that his aunt was sick and that he’d have to leave immediately. In another case, he left the table to make a phone call, and just never came back. His bewildered date asked the waiter where he’d gone and was shocked to learn that Gonzales has left the building, sticking her with a bill for $250.
Women Who Dated Gonzales said he always acted Like He Was Having a Great Time — Until he suddenly make an excuse, was gone and no where in sight.
Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, dubbed the alleged “dine-and-dash dater,” faces seven counts of extortion, two counts of attempted extortion and one count of grand theft.
A Van Nuys woman named Diane Guilmette was the first to speak to the media about being scammed by Paul Guadalupe Gonzales. Giulmette told CBS that she met Gonzales on the dating site “Plenty of Fish.”
She said he was attentive and flattering. After they exchanged messages for a while, he invited her out to dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown LA. Guilmette said the place was “pricey” for her.
Once they met for dinner, she said, “He ordered a lot of food. He had an appetizer. He ordered a steak. This restaurant is all al la carte. He even ordered a couple sides, a glass of wine. So he was looked like he was really enjoying himself.
But then he suddenly vanished. Guilmette told CBS, “When we got near to the end of the meal, not quite finished, he said he had to go make a phone call.”
Gonzales is 45 and lives in Los Angeles. He is accused of using dating apps and websites to meet and convince women to have a date with him. Allegedly the only reason was using the women as meal tickets.