April 29, 2014 in City

Suspect arrested in morning coffee shop robbery

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A man who told employees at a coffee shop near the courthouse that he had a gun and demanded cash was caught by Spokane police within minutes of the robbery call early Tuesday.

Terral Lewis, 38, was arrested just before 7 a.m. near the Indaba coffee bar at 1425 W. Broadway Ave., according to a news release. He faces a first-degree robbery charge as well as allegations of possessing a controlled substance, police said.

Lewis entered the shop and told employees he had a gun, though none was seen, according to the news release. Police detained him within six minutes of the initial call, and he was carrying methamphetamine, according to investigators.

The coffee shop is just blocks away from the Public Safety Building and Spokane County Courthouse.

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