Possibly armed suspects believed to be connected to an ambush robbery of a marijuana dispensary are barricaded inside an Inland Empire residence Saturday morning, police said.
Three men, one shot in the leg, were able to break free from zip ties after a robbery at their medical marijuana dispensary in Upland late Friday night, Upland police said.
A SWAT team was at the house in the 1400 block of Randy Street, about three miles from the dispensary, while about 75 residents were evacuated from the area, according to police
Five hooded men took money and a car from the dispensary, according to the Upland Police Department.
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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.
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