Coffee shop owner thwarts would be robber with pepper spray - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Coffee shop owner thwarts would be robber with pepper spray

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are searching for a suspect who reportedly tried to hold up Deb's Espresso stand located at 921 E. Houston Avenue.

The robbery attempt was reported at around 11:35 a.m. Sunday.

The stands owner, Deb Weisgerber said a man approached the window of the business and told her that he needed money.  She asked him if he had a weapon and the suspect showed her his empty hands and tried to crawl through the window of the stand.  When the suspect attempted to get inside the stand the she sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, and then he fled on foot empty handed.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early twenties, 5'7'', very skinny and unshaven.  He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and aviator sunglasses.

Weisgerber told police the pepper spray she used had an orange tint, so the suspect's face and sweatshirt could be stained with an orange coloring.

Deb says her sister, who is an employee of Deb's Espresso, thwarted a similar robbery at her stand located on Northwest Blvd. five weeks ago.  A man with a similar description approached the window at that location and demanded money.  Deb's sister sprayed him in the face with pepper spray and the unsuccessful suspect fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the attempted robberies or the suspect is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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