Carlos Maurice Harris and Ronald Harold Moore are in even deeper trouble with the law.
Both had violent criminal histories the day they allegedly pistol whipped a barista and robbed an Uptown Dunn Bros coffeehouse two months ago.
Their felonious pasts, on top of the charges they already face in Hennepin County, have brought them to the attention of federal authorities.[jump]
They were indicted yesterday on charges of armed robbery, illegal weapons possession and interfering with interstate commerce.
If convicted on the federal charges, Moore, 47, of Falcon Heights, and Harris, 38, of Inver Grove Heights, could face mandatory life sentences because of their previous criminal records.
In Hennepin County, they already face one felony count of first degree aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping. The kidnapping charges alone could carry a 40-year sentence for each man.
We interviewed one of the two baristas held at gunpoint during the Oct. 27 robbery. Shaken, she told us the frightening episode was over in minutes, and that the men didn't even bother to hide their faces behind masks.
Police say Moore ordered coffee, pulled out the gun and ordered the women to lie down. He emptied the cash register, and then, with Harris demanded more money.
"My coworker said, 'There isn't any more.'" The barista said. "He hit her in the side of the head with butt of his gun and said, 'I'm not playing, bitch, I will fucking shoot you!'"
Terrified, they took the two men to a back-room safe and opened it. Harris then tied the two workers up on the floor, and Moore went out of his way to step on their heads as they fled.