Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Spokane Police responded to two reports of coffee stand robberies that occurred within an hour and a half of each other. The first robbery report came in just after 12 p.m. in the 100 block of W. Francis and the second one came at 1:25 p.m. at Ruby/Sinto. By 1:29 p.m., SPD Patrol officers spotted a possible suspect vehicle and had three people detained.
Spokane Police responded to the report of an armed robbery at Hot Toddy’s coffee stand in the 100 block of W. Francis just after 12 p.m. today, 09-30-14. The suspect was described as a darker complected, possibly Hispanic male, in his late teens, approximately 5’9”, with a medium build wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and sunglasses. The male displayed a handgun, demanded money, and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Officers were in the area within minutes. The officers that responded included (but were not limited to) a K-9 for a possible track as well as officers from our Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) to help with the capture of any video surveillance evidence in the area. Available Major Crimes and Targeted Crimes detectives were deployed in the field, searching for a possible suspect vehicle. Information had been developed that a possible suspect vehicle was an older model Subaru.
At 1:25 p.m., Spokane Police received a report of another armed robbery, this time at Brews Brothers at the corner of Ruby and Sinto. The suspect description was nearly identical to the robbery on Francis. The male, again displayed a handgun, but did not get away with any cash this time.
No one was hurt in either robbery.
At 1:29 p.m., SPD Sgt. Huddle, spotted an older model Subaru, matching the suspect vehicle description at Maxwell and Washington and initiated a traffic stop. Once the three people in the vehicle were detained, officers were able to see evidence that matched descriptions witnesses had given at each of the robbery scenes.
At this time, the three suspects are being detained pending further investigation of these robberies and if/when charges are determined, an updated release will be sent out. There are no other outstanding suspects for these robberies.
Officer John O'Brien