CERES (CBS13) – A Ceres youth football coach has been arrested for his alleged role in a pizza parlor robbery during the team’s banquet earlier this month.

Daniel McGill, 28, is the man seen arguing with a Rico’s Pizza employee and then taking money from the cash register after another man beat the employee to the ground, police said.

McGill was arrested Tuesday and charged with robbery, harboring a criminal and resisting arrest. He’s being held in the Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto.

The Ceres Cardinals junior novice and junior varsity teams, for players ages 6-13, held the banquet at the Rico’s at 1460 Hatch Road on Oct. 22. The event started in the late afternoon and lasted until almost midnight.

The two suspects were seen on surveillance socializing with other attendees, dining and drinking beer before the confrontation with the Rico’s employee, police said.

The second suspect, who hasn’t been identified, struck the victim several times, knocking him to the ground. Police say McGill then walked over to the cash register, threw it to the ground and took money from it.

Meanwhile, the surveillance camera captured parents, children and other attendees rushing out the front door of the business. Both suspects met at the front door after the robbery and were seen exiting the front entrance door together, police said.

Team president Anthony Estrada, who police said was seen eating with the suspects but has been uncooperative with the investigation, has been suspended by the Trans Valley Youth Football League as has McGill.


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