By Edwin Folven, 5/29/2014
Victim was allegedly killed during robbery
A 29-year-old man was killed on Wednesday during a robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary located in Koreatown.
Det. Mark Morgan, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit, said customers attempted to enter the Greens R Us dispensary at 814 S. Vermont Ave. at approximately 9:25 p.m., and realized something was wrong.
“It looks like some patrons tried to go in there and saw there was some ruckus that had gone on, and they left,” Morgan said. “They flagged down a passing black and white. Police then discovered the body.”
The victim was not identified, pending notification of next of kin. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Morgan described the victim as an employee and part owner of the dispensary.
The detective said a witness told police that three men wearing masks and carrying a duffel bag were observed fleeing the location. They got into a green sedan and were last seen driving eastbound on Francis Avenue, which is located one block south of 8th Street. Morgan said the dispensary is located near the corner of 8th Street and Vermont Avenue.
It was not disclosed whether property or drugs were stolen. The incident does not appear to be related to any other robberies in the area, Morgan added.
“We checked to see if there were any problems [with medical marijuana dispensaries] in the area, and the answer was no. We will be reaching out to other agencies. We have to re-interview these witnesses,” he said. “The description was vague. We are asking for information. It’s a crowded, busy street at that time.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s 24-hour hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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