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News Release

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Media Relations

Armed Robbery at Medical Marijuana Clinic - NR196 KR

Los Angeles: An armed and violent suspect robbed a medical marijuana clinic during the mid-morning hours.

On April 16, 2009, at around 10:45 a.m., the suspect rang the front door bell of the Safe Life Caregiver Store located in the 3000 block of West Olympic Boulevard. The clinic attendant opened the door and allowed the suspect to enter. Once inside the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband.

Fearing he was about to be shot, the attendant initially struggled with the suspect over control of the handgun, before finally giving into the suspect's demands. He handed over a trash bag full of marijuana, and the suspect ran out of the store with it.

As the suspect was fleeing, the attendant armed himself with a handgun and ran after the suspect. Outside, the attendant pointed his handgun at the suspect and ordered him to stop. In response to the attendant, the suspect fired one shot at him and dropped the bag of marijuana, prompting the attendant to return shooting several rounds at the suspect. Neither the suspect or attendant were injured.

The suspect is described as a Black man, black hair, brown eyes, 6 ft. 2 in. tall, 180 lbs., between 29 and 32 years of age.

Surveillance video of the suspect is available by logging onto This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Olympic Robbery Detectives Sergio Martinez or Luis Corona at 213-382-9460. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD." Tipsters may remain anonymous.