The serial blind date dine-and-dasher has struck again, this time leaving his date with a tab of more than $50.
A California woman, who wants to remain anonymous, is the latest victim of Paul Gonzales, a man who has been using online dating apps to meet women, invite them to dinner and then run out on the bill, the Daily Mail reported.
The woman met the man, this time calling himself Dave Gonzales, through popular dating app Bumble. They met up at a BJ's in Pasadena, California, on March 12, CBS News reported. She said Gonzales sent her flattering text messages before meeting up.
At the restaurant, the woman said Gonzales ordered $50 worth of food just for himself, not including tax and tip.
"A glass of Pinot, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak, and a baked potato," the woman said.
Gonzales had just half of a potato left on his plate before he excused himself from the table. The woman said he told her he had to take a phone call, and never returned.
"The waiter came back and said, 'He's not out there, is this a first date?'" she recalled. "And I said, 'Yes, this is a first blind date,' and he said, 'He's gone.'"
BJ's covered the cost of the man's meal, but asked the woman to pay for the wine.
This is far from Gonzales' first con job.
In August 2016, another woman who also didn't want her name broadcast, told CBS that Gonzales left her with the bill during their first date at a restaurant in Long Beach, California.
"This guy is obnoxious," she said, adding that he ordered $100 worth of food for himself. "First of all, who orders two entrees? But he excused it by saying he was a bodybuilder."
Gonzales excused himself, saying he was going to the bathroom, but never returned.
That same month, he met with Diane Guilmette, who was the first victim who reported to the media. They went to Morton's Steakhouse in Burbank, California, where Gonzales left her with a $163 bill.
"He ordered a lot of food," she said at the time. "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 looked like he was really enjoying himself."
Guilmette met Gonzales through popular dating app Plenty of Fish. She tried messaging him, but Gonzales blocked her.
Gonzales has two warrants out for his arrest for not showing up to court to answer for charges of petty theft and driving without a valid license, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.