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Man pepper sprays barista before stealing car

A man used pepper spray on a drive-through coffee shop barista this morning and drove away with her car, police said.

Spokeswoman Monique Cotton said the man approached the window of Hot Tottie’s Coffee Shop, at West Francis Avenue and North Atlantic Street, on foot around 6 a.m., showed a knife and used the pepper spray on the woman in the window.

He attempted to break into the cash register, then stole the employee’s belongings and drove away with her car.

The car was recovered a few blocks away but police did not find the man.

The suspect in the armed robbery is described as a Hispanic man in his early 20’s wearing a black hat and a black hoodie.

Cotton said the employee was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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