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A murder charge was filed Tuesday against a 20-year-old Anaheim man accused in the stabbing death of a cafe employee in Garden Grove.

Robert Gabriel Rodgers also faces special circumstance allegations of lying in wait, which make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. A decision on whether to seek the ultimate punishment will be made later in the case.

Rodgers allegedly stabbed Cesar Ramirez-Raphael, a 24-year-old employee of the Volcano Tea house at 10130 Garden Grove Blvd., multiple times last Friday morning. The victim had been cleaning the cafe before the business opened for the day, authorities said.

Another employee who showed up for work about 11 a.m. saw a suspect inside she did not recognize, so she locked him inside and called police, according to Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer.

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the attack.

The defendant remains in custody pending arraignment on Dec. 12.

City News Service

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