Masked suspects attempt to rob Hotel Lusso



Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 8:07 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police launched a search for the suspects who robbed the Hotel Lusso in Downtown Spokane early Friday morning.

According to investigators, two suspects walked into the hotel on W. Sprague wearing masks around 1 a.m. 

One subject confronted the employee at the desk, demanded money and indicted he had a gun, police said.  According to reports, the worker told the suspect he did not have any money and activated a silent alarm.  Police said one of the suspects walked out at this point but the second suspect again demanded money.  The clerk refused again, according to police, and asked to see the suspect’s gun.  That suspect then also left the hotel without any money.

Managers said their employee had the right idea in this case.

“We’re proud of him, he handled it well, kept a cool head through all of it,” said Lynnelle Caudill with Hotel Lusso.

The employee even asked the suspects to show their gun but they never did.  Officials said no weapons were displayed during the attempted robbery.

The hotel worker finished his shift after the suspects left and staff said they want to reassure anyone staying there they should feel safe.

“I think we have a very strong security team internally and we make that commitment to all of our guests to have that support here just in case there is anything that happens,” said Caudill.

A security officer followed the suspect but lost sight of the person.  Officers flooded the area but neither of the suspects could be found.

The employee at the desk told investigators he might recognize the suspects from pictures police provided of people to be on the lookout for.  Investigators said along with that, they also had security video and might know who the suspects are.