The incident occurred at the P.F. Chang’s location at 1181 Ridgeway on September 12, 2010. At 11:50 pm, Rojas-Morin, an employee of the restaurant, entered the closed business through an unlocked door. Rojas-Morin, masked and armed with a handgun, then forced entry into the manager’s office where he found the female manager, age 27. He forced her to give him the combination to the restaurant’s safe and he took over $3,000.00 in cash currency. He then tied the woman to a chair, placed duct tape over her mouth and eyes, and raped her.
Memphis Police Department investigation revealed that the entire incident had been recorded by the restaurant’s surveillance video. Further evidence showed that Rojas-Morin had defeated the rear door lock by inserting broken chopsticks into the door lock. Rojas-Morin, a cook at the restaurant had been working that night. He left work at closing, changed clothes, and returned to commit the crime.
Rojas-Morin entered the guilty plea to:
- Aggravated rape; 20 years imprisonment as a violent offender.
- Especially aggravated kidnapping; 20 years imprisonment as a violent offender.
- Aggravated Robbery; 10 years imprisonment.
Each sentence is to run concurrently, and Rojas Morin must serve 20 year minimum sentence before being eligible for release.
Brooks Yelverton, Assistant District Attorney for the Special Victims Prosecution Unit handled the prosecution. Criminal Court Division Four, Judge Carolyn Blackett presided.