A two-hour standoff between a SWAT team and men believed to have violently robbed three men at a nearby Inland Empire medical marijuana dispensary ended in their arrest Saturday morning.
Three men were arrested after police used a claw device to rip open the facade of the residence where the suspects where holed up.
It was unclear if more suspects were outstanding. A total of five hooded men took money and a car from the dispensary, according to the Upland Police Department.
They are believed to have shot one of three men they tied up at a medical marijuana dispensary in the 700 block of North Mountain Avenue the night before, about three miles from the apartment complex where the standoff took place.
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The men were able to break free from zip ties and spoke to police.
A SWAT team was at the house in the 1400 block of Randy Street. Police evacuated residents of nearby residences.
Police responded to Cal Med Express, located at 759 North Mountain Avenue, in Upland, just after 11 p.m. for a robbery call, Lt. Alan Ansara said. They found the the three victims who had been tied up by the robbers, Ansara said.
The three men were leaving the medical marijuana dispensary at around 10 p.m. Friday, when they were approached by five male subjects wearing gloves and hoods over their faces, police said. The victims were forced back into the business and were immediately zip-tied.
One of the victims suffered a non-life threatening gun shot wound to his leg and was later transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Ansara said. Another victim was pistol whipped during the incident but did not need any medical treatment.
The three victims were robbed of their money and later the subjects took one of the victims’ 2007 Dark grey Lexus IS 250, Ansara said. Police were also investigating to see if any products were taken from the dispensary.
Surveillance was being recorded during the time of the robbery, and is being used to aid in the investigation, Ansara said.
The standoff continued at 9:40 a.m., when police were shouting that the suspects inside the Upland home come out with their hands up. More nearby residents, beyond the original 75, were being evacuated.
Reproter Jane Yamamoto contributed to this report.
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