Man gets life for robbing restaurant manager Tyler at gunpoint

Johnson tied the manager to the floor of the restaurant office. Johnson said if the director moved he would come back and kill him, the prosecutor’s office said.

TYLER, Texas – A man who stole the At Razzoo The manager of the Cajun Café in Tyler held at gunpoint in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

Smith County jurors sentenced Gabriel Johnson, 44, to life in prison after convicting him of aggravated robbery.

The prosecution presented evidence showing that Johnson robbed the manager of the Razzoo restaurant after the business closed in the early morning hours of November 19, 2018.

Johnson held the victim at gunpoint as he left the restaurant and forced him back inside. Once inside, Johnson asked the manager to open the safe, which contained about $2,500 in cash, according to the Smith County District Attorney’s Office.

Johnson tied the manager to the floor of the restaurant office. Johnson said if the director moved he would come back and kill him, the prosecutor’s office said.

Jurors also heard evidence about Johnson’s long criminal history, including six previous felony convictions. He was on parole for drug trafficking when he committed the robbery, the prosecutor’s office press release said.

He will have to serve 30 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

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