A man who robbed a Modesto Red Lobster with his girlfriend during the dinnertime rush was sentenced to 38 years in prison, a prosecutor said today.
Police said Alejandro Molina, 28, terrorized the restaurant's patrons and employees by ordering them on the ground, demanding money and even sticking a shotgun in one man's face.
The January 2009 heist netted the duo less than $400, Deputy District Attorney John Baker said.
In November, Molina's girlfriend admitted to one count of armed robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison. Molina was convicted of two counts of armed robbery and five counts of false imprisonment.
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The armed robbery occurred about 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20, 2009 at the Red Lobster at 3000 Sisk Road, just south of Standiford Avenue.
The restaurant was crowded with customers but no injuries were reported, police said.
The two led police on a chase that ended in a shopping center parking lot near Briggsmore Avenue and Prescott Road.