The Southern California man nicknamed & # 39; Dine-and-Dash Dater & # 39; He faces new charges for his plan, where he invited women to dinner and then abandoned them, leaving them in charge of the expensive bill.
Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, was charged with four new racketeering crimes on Friday for his dating ploy between May 2016 and April 2018, where he targeted 10 women throughout Los Angeles County.
Along with charges last month, he now faces a total of 11 extortion charges, two counts of attempted extortion, two counts of defrauding an innkeeper and one count of petty theft, according to the criminal complaint.
Serial & Dine-and-Dash Dater & # 39; Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, accused of four new extortion charges on Friday for omitting dinner dates and letting women cover the account from May 2016 to April 2018
Three other women came forward to say that they too were victims of Gonzales' deception, said the spokesman for the district attorney's office, Paul Eakins.
The previous charges of a major theft charge and a county of petty theft have also been dismissed.
He pleaded not guilty to the new charges of extortion at a hearing on Friday.
Gonzales, a serial dater with an expensive taste, would meet with women in the PlentyofFish and Bumble dating apps, and invite them to dinner at fancy restaurants.
Once there, he ordered expensive items such as lobster tail and chocolate soufflé before excusing himself and leaving the restaurant, leaving his dates to pay the exorbitant bill.
On two occasions, restaurants chose to pick up the check, said the spokesperson for the district attorney's office, Eakins.
In a separate incident, Gonzales left the hairdresser without paying after receiving the service.
Victims: Diane Guilmette, left, said she was victimized by Gonzales in 2016, where she left her to cover the $ 163 bill. A woman named Carol, on the right, says he was also targeted by him, but the restaurant recognized him and he covered her account.
He pleaded not guilty to the new charges of extortion at a hearing on Friday. Now he faces a total of 11 extortion charges, two counts of attempted extortion, two counts of defrauding an innkeeper and one count of petty theft
He revealed his dating ruse for two years in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach and Burbank, according to KTLA.
"Gonzales is accused of having dinner with women he met through online dating applications, and then left without paying anything," district attorney officials said in a statement.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. He faces a possible maximum penalty of 16 years and 10 months in county jail if convicted.
A woman named Carol spoke about being targeted by Paul Gonzales in Inside Edition, claiming that she agreed to go on a date with him after meeting him on a dating website where he went by "Mike".
He suggested eating something at Mercado, a Mexican restaurant in Pasadena where he ordered a steak dinner. After she finished eating, Carol said she excused herself from the table and never came back.
The restaurant manager said he recognized Gonzales as the serial peddler and Gonzales fled. The manager then bought Carol's food.
One woman said that Gonzalez left her with the bill after she said she needed to take out the charger from her car, but she never came back. The unidentified woman had to pay the $ 130 chip at Smitty & # 39; s in Pasadena, in the photo above
Carol said she met Gonzales at Mercado in Pasadena, above, when she ran away. The restaurant eventually paid for its food after recognizing it as the 'Dine-and-Dash Dater & # 39;
& # 39; This man needs to be stopped. God knows how many other women will try to do this too, "said Carol.
She said that she knew all the right things to say & # 39; and he showed up online as an adventurous and adventurous man who was looking for a serious relationship.
Another victim named Michelle told CBS Los Angeles that she met Gonzales for dinner at the Smitty & # 39; s Bar and Grill in Pasadena after they connected to a dating app and he & # 39; asked for everything & # 39; Ordering a filet mignon, a shrimp salad and a couple of cups of coffee.
When she finished eating, she said that her aunt was very sick and needed to take a phone charger from her car in case she received a call about her. After he left for about 10 minutes, he realized he would not come back and had to pay the $ 130 bill.
I did not mention it in the restaurant, nothing. I think I was more embarrassed, my pride was like, you know, I felt silly, "he said, deciding not to reveal his true identity to the exit.
"I think he owes each woman an apology, I think that would humiliate him by having to apologize to women."
Last March, another woman from California showed up with a similar story in which she fed on a small feat at BJ's in Pasadena, then left to answer a call but never came back.
In 2016, another woman showed up. Diane Guilmette said after meeting in a dating app that Gonzales invited her to Morton's Steakhouse and ordered an appetizer for him and a steak for dinner, then jumped out before the $ 163 bill arrived.