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After being convicted of the crimes in November, Gonzales surrendered on Monday to serve a day jail sentence in Pasadena. But with 22 victims revealed over many months, from Long Beach to the San Fernando Valley, how exactly did law enforcement finally catch up to him?
Cass was ased to follow up on an anonymous tip last April, where a random customer at the Pasadena Buca di Beppo observed a man skip out on a bill while on a date, leaving the woman to pay. Cass tracked down the restaurant victim, who then positively identified Gonzales.
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Officers were able to obtain a phone warrant, nail down dates, times, and incidents, and roll it up into report after report. Cass found that Gonzales had largely been living both on the streets and couch surfing, which is why he proved challenging to locate.
This whole time, another problem presented itself. What would be the charge for Gonzales skipping out on the bill?
The charge led to an arrest warrant. Because of the embarrassment, they were reluctant to talk to police. They also had this fear Gonzales would never see the inside of a courtroom or a jail cell. As luck would have it, while patrolling on August 25, Cass spotted Gonzales selling counterfeit Lakers t-shirts in Old Pasadena and took him into custody. By September 18, Cass located an additional nine dine-and-dash victims.
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