UPDATE: Suspect in attack on Acapulco Joe’s owner in custody

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Maurice Dunlap


Maurice Dunlap pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, theft and attempted fraud on Aug. 15, 2018. He was sentenced to 20 years, 10 in the Department of Corrections, five in Community Corrections and five suspended.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police took a suspect into custody Thursday who’s accused of assaulting a local restaurant owner, leaving him in critical condition.

Maurice Dunlap was apprehended by the IMPD Violent Crimes Unit and US Marshals in downtown Indianapolis for the attack, which happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday at Acapulco Joe’s on North Illinois Street.

Police say Dunlap was on a blind date, and he tried to leave without paying after his card was declined. The credit card turned out to be stolen, according to police.

Additionally, Dunlap was wanted on charges unrelated to the attack including theft, robbery with serious bodily injury, and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

“He has several warrants and several instances where he has active warrants with the same type of crime in the same manner,” said IMPD Sgt. Chris Wilburn.

Police say Dunlap ran out of the Acapulco Joe’s downtown without paying his bill. When the owner chased after him, he beat him so badly he left him in critical condition. Court documents say he’s having difficulty talking and putting together cognitive thoughts after having part of his skull removed to relieve pressure.

FOX59 did some digging into Dunlap’s criminal history and found several felony charges filed against him. Those charges include robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, theft, and assault. Last April, police say Dunlap ran from officers when they spotted him casing a store on the southwest side.

According to court documents, he was actually on probation at the time after he was convicted of posing as an IU Health employee and stealing from employees.

Police are now looking into whether he could be connected to even more crimes around the city.

The woman who was on the date with the suspect stayed behind but gave a fake name to police.

Surveillance video from Acapulco Joe’s shows the suspect walking around the restaurant, but does not show the attack.

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