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20 year sentence in Asian Cuisine robbery

WAILUKU — A man who pointed a gun at employees while robbing a Kahului restaurant was sentenced Friday to a 20-year prison term.

As a repeat offender, Joshua L. Medeiros, 28, was ordered to serve at least six years and eight months of the term before being eligible for parole.

The robbery occurred Jan. 23, 2017, when a masked man entered Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar at 1:45 a.m. as the restaurant was closing.

The robber held a gun and handed a backpack to an employee, telling him to put money in the backpack. After getting money from the cash register in his backpack, the robber turned to leave through the back door, grabbing an employee’s cellphone on the way out.

The employee tackled the robber and was hit with the butt of the pistol. The two were wrestling on the ground outside when another employee grabbed the robber and put him in a headlock until police arrived.

While employees said they didn’t see the robber’s face, arriving police officers identified him as Medeiros.

In the alley behind the restaurant, police recovered a loaded six-shot .22-caliber Ruger single-action revolver and a backpack containing $501.

Medeiros had pleaded no contest as charged to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, carrying a firearm in the commission of a felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, keeping a pistol or revolver in an improper place, first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault, keeping an unloaded firearm in an improper place and third-degree theft.

In court Friday, Medeiros apologized to the victims.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo followed a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution in sentencing Medeiros.

The gun and ammunition were forfeited to the state.

Medeiros, who was on probation when he committed the robbery, had his probation revoked in three cases. He was convicted of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft in each of the cases.

He was resentenced to five-year prison terms to be served at the same time in those cases.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.