Acapulco Joe's owner seriously hurt trying to stop dine-and-dasher

This March 14, 2018, photo shows the Acapulco Joe's restaurant at 365 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis. (WTHR Photo/Steve Jefferson)
Acapulco Joe's owner attacked
Acapulco Joe's owner seriously hurt

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The owner of a popular Indianapolis restaurant was seriously hurt trying to stop a man who was about to run out without paying.

Metro Police say the suspect was about to "dine and dash" while on a blind date at Acapulco Joe's at 365 N. Illinois St. around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The owner, 57-year-old Grant Redmond, saw it happening and tried to stop him.

Grant Redmon in 2016 (photo submitted by Robert Plank)
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The suspect attacked him, knocking him unconscious. First responders say when Redmond first woke up, he didn't know where he was or what happened to him. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and had to get surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

As of Thursday, Redmond was showing signs of improvement in the hospital. His speech is still limited, but doctors are hopeful for a full recovery.

Witnesses told police the suspect ran away westbound on Vermont. He hasn't been seen since.

The suspect's date stayed behind and cooperated with investigators. She only knew the man as "Maurice."

The restaurant manager said before he ran, the suspect tried to pay with a card that was declined. He said he'd need to go to the ATM if that card wasn't working. They told him they were calling police, which is when he ran.

When police ran the name on the card, they found it was declined because it had been reported stolen the day before.

The manager also said she had surveillance video of the incident. As of this writing, that video has not been made public, but police say it shows a black man wearing a dark shirt with white writing on the front, a short cut fade, possibly khaki pants and white shoes.

Their bill came out to roughly $50 in food and alcohol, including five beers and a shot of Jack Daniels.

Credit card reported stolen and used by man who fled Acapulco Joe's restaurant Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
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