SPOKANE, Wash. -- A man tried to steal money from a coffee stand then attacked the barista and took off in her truck, according to Spokane police.
It happened at Hot Toddys around 6:00 a.m. on Francis and Atlantic in North Spokane. The suspect walked up to the window of the drive-through shop and ordered a coffee.
Police said he then jumped through the window and pepper sprayed the woman in the face. The man also reportedly showed a knife.
The man attempted to steal cash but was unable to open the cash register.
“Obviously, his intent when he came up to the window was to rob the place,” said Lt. Scott Mullennix. “When things didn't go the way he planned, he had to kind of adapt.”
Authorities said the man then took the barista's keys from on top of a microwave and drove away in her truck, according to officers on the scene. A witness followed the man and helped police find the car abandoned near Division and Lyons.
The suspect got away with barista’s iPhone too according to police. Officers said technology could have helped track the man already had the barista downloaded the Find My iPhone app.
The coffee stand is equipped with surveillance equipment that captured a picture of the suspect, according to police. (Watch the security images by clicking on the attached video.)
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20’s wearing a black hat and a black hoodie. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check and 456-2233.