Crime

Man suspected of holding gun to barista’s head

Pink Pantherz Espresso on Crows Landing in Modesto California on June 27, 2016.
Pink Pantherz Espresso on Crows Landing in Modesto California on June 27, 2016. jwestberg@modbee.com

A Modesto man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly held a gun to the head of a barista at the Pink Pantherz Espresso in south Modesto.

The suspect was a regular at the drive-thru coffee shop on Crows Landing Road, which features baristas who serve coffee in their bikinis.

He’d been to the business two times Sunday when he returned a third time with a gun at 1:30 p.m., said Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves.

He pointed the gun at the barista’s head and threatened to kill her.

The victim stayed calm and told the suspect she had to help another customer, who was at the drive-thru window on the other side of the business, Graves said.

She turned away and the suspect went to the Family Dollar store next door.

She called police and officers arrived as the suspect was returning to Pink Pantherz.

Officers detained and searched the suspect. He was in possession of a loaded firearm, brass knuckles, a knife and thousands of dollars in cash, Graves said.

Jorge Carrillo, 43, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of loaded and concealed firearm, possession of a dirk or dagger, possession of brass knuckles and making criminal threats.

The victim’s co-worker, Marissa Pinedo, said on Monday that Carrillo had never been violent in the past but customers can be unpredictable.

“You never know what you are going to get when people walk up to the window,” Pinedo said. “Sometimes people get the wrong impression because of what we wear. They want us to dance or strip for them and get offended when we say ‘no.’”

Graves said it was unclear why the suspect attacked the barista and what his intentions were.

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