A longtime felon has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the violent gunpoint robbery of an Uptown coffee shop.
Carlos M. Harris, 39, of Falcon Heights, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul after pleading guilty to being one of two men who held up the Dunn Bros Coffee shop on West Lake Street on Oct. 27, 2010, tying up and assaulting two baristas.
Harris' cohort and fellow felon, Ronald H. Moore, 48, of Inver Grove Heights, was sentenced in November to 30 years in prison for his role in the stickup.
According to the charges:
Shortly before 10 p.m., two female employees were preparing to close when Moore ordered a beverage, then pulled a handgun and forced one worker to give up all the cash register money and get more money from a safe. Harris appeared and tied up the women with rope.
As the men left, Moore stepped on the back of both women's heads and struck one of them with his gun, saying, "I'm not playing, I will shoot you."
Responding police saw Moore leave the shop with a bag. He ran through nearby yards and was nabbed less than a block away. Retracing Moore's path, police found the cash-filled bag and gun.
Police saw Harris run east on Lake Street toward Holmes Avenue S. and caught him as he tried to scale a fence.
Harris' criminal history includes convictions for first-degree assault, aggravated robbery and third-degree burglary. Moore has been convicted of second-degree assault, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and illegal drug activity.
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