Acapulco Joe's celebrates fundraiser for owner after brutal attack

Posted at 8:03 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 08:03:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Thousands of dollars in donations will go toward helping a popular restaurant owner who was badly beaten last month by a customer. 

Grant Redmond, the owner of Acapulco Joe's at the corner of Illinois and Vermont streets, was attacked in March when a man tried to leave without paying his bill, police say. 

Last month, more than 20 local restaurants raised more than $11,000, donating a percentage of the day's sales and collecting tip money. 

"It was very traumatic for me to go through and they're helping to bring it better," Redmond said. 

According to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report, the suspect in the attack was on a blind date with a woman at Acapulco Joe's. She told police they had dinner, and he asked her to wait in the car while he paid the bill of about $50. 

Another employee at Acapulco Joe's told police the suspect, later identified as Maurice Dunlap, tried using a credit card, which was declined. He then said he'd would need to go to an ATM, when Redmond said he would call the police. 

The employee told police that the suspect tried to leave, but was grabbed by Redmond. Police believe Dunlap then attacked Redmond, causing him to lose consciousness.

Shortly after identifying him, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit and US Marshals Task Force apprehended Dunlap.

Half of the donation money will go to Redmond, the other half will go to the IMPD Victim's Assistance Fund.

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