CERES -- A judge on Wednesday scheduled a preliminary hearing next week for a youth football coach accused of robbing a Ceres pizza parlor after his team held a party there.
Ceres police say Daniel McGill, 28, and a second yet-unidentified suspect accosted an employee at Rico's Pizza before McGill stole money from the cash register.
More than two weeks after the Oct. 22 robbery, detectives continue to look for the second man.
Investigators have released security camera photos of the suspects at the restaurant. Police have described him as a Latino in his late 20s, standing about 6 feet tall, weighing about 250 pounds, wearing a cap and a blue No. 20 Detroit Lions football jersey.
Detectives have identified and searched for the man, but had not found him as of Wednesday afternoon, said Ceres Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges. He said the department will not release any information about the suspect's identity until the detectives have obtained an arrest warrant.
McGill remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail. He appeared briefly with his defense attorney, Graylin Bryant, for a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning in Superior Court.
Pretrial hearing to continue today
Bryant, a deputy public defender, asked the judge for more time before proceeding, saying he had just been assigned the case. His client, however, refused to waive his right to speedy preliminary hearing.
Judge Ricardo Córdova scheduled McGill's preliminary hearing Nov. 15. The judge scheduled McGill to return to court today for a continued pretrial hearing.
If the preliminary hearing is held next week as scheduled, Córdova will hear testimony and determine whether there's enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
The Ceres Cardinals Football junior novice and junior varsity teams were at Rico's Pizza on Hatch Road for a banquet, which was attended by about 60 people and went on for several hours.
Police have said McGill was the man seen in security camera footage shortly before midnight arguing with a pizza parlor employee at the cash register. Shortly after that confrontation, the second suspect walked behind the counter and punched the employee several times, knocking him to the ground.
McGill then picked up the cash register, threw it to the ground and took money from it, police said.
The security camera captured parents, children and other banquet attendees rushing out the front door. Police said both suspects met at the front door after the robbery and are seen leaving together.
Before he was arrested, McGill told The Bee he had no knowledge of the robbery. "When I heard the commotion, I just got my family and left," he said.
The Cardinals belong to the 22-team Trans-Valley Youth Football League, geared to children ages 6 to 14.
McGill, the Cardinals teams' president Anthony Estrada and assistant vice president Jesus Montes were suspended by the youth football league days after the reported robbery.
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