MODESTO -- A judge on Thursday confirmed a preliminary hearing next week for a youth football coach accused of robbing a Ceres pizza parlor last month. Police, meanwhile, identified the second suspect as a Modesto man who hasn't been seen since the Oct. 22 incident.
Detectives say Daniel McGill, 28, and Jessie Vasquez, 28, accosted an employee at Rico's Pizza before McGill stole money from the cash register.
McGill remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 15 for his preliminary hearing. He has refused to waive his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.
Detectives have searched for Vasquez but had not found him as of Thursday afternoon. Police have issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of robbery.
Investigators have released security camera photos of the suspects at the restaurant during the robbery.
The Ceres Cardinals Football junior novice and junior varsity teams were at Rico's 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. Police say that man was Vasquez.
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 the suspects met at the front door after the robbery and are seen leaving together.
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