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SPD: Suspected coffee stand robber doesn't go down without a fight

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Spokane Police safely arrest Armed Robbery suspect Joseph GW Layman (28). Spokane Police safely arrest Armed Robbery suspect Joseph GW Layman (28).
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police told KHQ on Thursday they have arrested a 28-year-old man they believe was involved in multiple coffee stand robberies. 

Last week, two coffee stands in downtown Spokane, Bare Beans Espresso and Walnut Street Perk, were robbed at gunpoint. Police believed the suspect in each robbery was the same person based on very similar descriptions provided by witnesses.

Over the course of their investigation, police zeroed in on a suspect, 28-year-old Joseph GW Layman. After receiving information that Layman may be in an apartment building in Browne's Addition, Spokane Police officers responded to the complex to arrest him Wednesday evening. Since the suspect in the robberies was armed, officers expected Layman to be armed.

When they arrived, Layman saw the officers and ran back inside one of the apartments. Knowing he could be armed and concerned for the safety of others inside the apartment, officers entered the apartment, located Layman and gave him numerous verbal directives to give himself up. Spokane Police said Layman did not want to give up and fought violently with them. Police said Layman had a six-inch hunting knife, a hammer, multiple syringes near him during the fight and even tried to grab a four inch knife from his pocket. 

Eventually, officers were able to take Layman into custody. 

Layman was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on one count of First Degree Robbery for the Bare Beans Espresso robbery and one count of Second Degree Robbery for Walnut Street Perk. 

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