Police: Armed woman targeting Everett coffee stands

EVERETT, Wash. -- Baristas all over Everett are on edge as word of an armed robber spreads throughout the community.

Police say a robber has targeted numerous local coffee stands in the past month. What makes the story so unusual is that the robber is a woman.

Laura Dana owns Stiletti Coffee, which was recently held up. She said a woman wearing a hooded sweatshirt approached her stand armed with a knife. The woman said she had a gun and demanded money from the till.

Standing 5'2" to 5'4" tall with blond hair, the woman is hardly the stereotypical idea of a robber.

Stiletti is a bikini coffee stand, and Dana thinks that could be why it was targeted.

"A bikini stand tends to be busier than a regular family friendly stand," she said.

Dana also said her baristas are easy targets.

"These coffee stands get robbed all the time," she said. "I hear about it all the time down in Everett everywhere."

Stiletti was robbed twice in the last two weeks, and another stand just down the road was held up on November 20.

Police think all three robberies are connected because in each case the woman handed the barista a note.

"It said that she had a gun and if she didn't hand over all the money in the till right away she was gonna hurt her," Dana said.

With the woman still on the loose, Dana said baristas in the area are a bit on edge.

"I guess anybody with a knife can be pretty scary, you know, especially if they threaten you with a gun," she said.

Police say the robber is a white woman in her 20s with blond hair and face piercings. She fled each robbery in a red pickup truck with no canopy.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Everett police.