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Poppy’s Tavern robbery

Spokane Valley Police Cpl. Jim Wakefield assists the manager of Poppy’s Tavern up onto a sidewalk after she had her hands bound with zip ties and was robbed Wednesday morning by an armed gunman. She freed herself from the ties after about 10 minutes. SR photo/Dan Pelle

For those of you wanting more details on yesterday's armed robbery at Poppy's Tavern in Spokane Valley, reporter Tom Sowa has a story in today's paper. The manager of the bar, who has not been named by police, was reportedly tied up with zip ties before the robber made off with cash and two beers. The same woman was assaulted during a robbery at the bar in 2011. An arrest was made in that case. Click here to read Tom's story.

Bar owner attacked in Spokane Valley

A Spokane Valley tavern owner was robbed of her purse and suffered a bloody nose as she arrived at the business Sunday morning, police said today.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest the person who attacked the 61-year-old woman about 10:20 a.m. at Poppy's Tavern, 415 S. Dishman-Mica Road.

A man put her in a choke hold as she was facing the business' door, then punched her twice in the face, knocking her to the pavement, according to a news release. The man stole her purse and shopping bags and ran east toward a nearby mobile home park, where police officers later found the stolen items in a heap outside a trailer.

Officers also found the robber's red and gray jacket, black baseball hat and black gloves. They believe he ditched the items after seeing police converge on the area.

The victim received minor head injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.