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D&M robbed at gunpoint, none injured or killed

Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter - January 16, 2012

Police cars lined Water Street in Ellensburg last Wednesday night as law enforcement combed the town for the suspect involved in the armed robbery of D&M coffee.

“We have not developed a suspect at this point,” said Dan Hansberry, Ellensburg Police Captain.

A masked man approached the drive-through window at the Water Street D&M location around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The man demanded the money from the register after brandishing a gun.

The D&M barista, who remains anonymous, complied with the man’s demands, while being threatened at gunpoint.

After the suspect fled the scene, the employee hit the panic button and police arrived shortly thereafter.

“The person working did all the right things,” Mark Holloway, D&M owner, said.

Holloway said that no one was physically harmed in what has become the first armed robbery in D&M’s history.

The employee working that night was given the rest of the night off.

D&M Coffee was open the next day, and security measures are being taken, such as having more employees work the closing shifts, Holloway said.

Police believe the suspect made his getaway in a nearby vehicle.

The suspect is believed to be a 5-foot-7-inch male of slim build, but a cloth masked his face from further description.

Officers dusted the scene for fingerprints while K-9 units searched the area for the suspect, but neither led EPD to a suspect.

The investigation is ongoing as law enforcement officers process surveillance footage from nearby businesses, Hansberry said.

“We are still wanting to encourage the public to give us a call if they saw anything suspicious in that time frame,” Hansberry said.

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