One man was arrested last week and police are still searching for another in connection to a string of robberies involving medical marijuana delivery drivers.
On March 31, 22-year-old Desmond Pulliam of Long Beach was arrested and charged with three counts of robbery, possession of a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a concealed firearm for his role in the robberies, which occurred within the last month. Two of the robberies Pulliam allegedly took part in were of medical marijuana dispensary employees, who had been called to deliver product to an address where Pulliam and an accomplice were waiting.
The first, on March 12, involved an employee of the dispensary still operating on 10th St. and Redondo Ave., who responded to the delivery location in the 1000 block of Gladys Ave. when he was approached by two male suspects, one of whom brandished a firearm. A physical fight ensued between the employee and the two suspects, and after the fight, the suspects ran from the location, taking the marijuana.
A similar robbery occurred on March 26. A medical marijuana collective located outside the City of Long Beach was called to a delivery location in the 1300 block of Temple Ave., and when the employee arrived, he was approached by a male suspect who directed him to the rear of the apartment complex. Police say that once behind the complex, another suspect appeared and robbed the employee at gunpoint. The medicinal marijuana was taken from the employee, along with some of his personal items.
When Pulliam was arrested, he was found to be in possession of a loaded hangun in addition to evidence related to the robberies as well as evidence related to a non-medical marijuana-related robbery that took place March 20 in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway.
Robbery detectives are still asking for the public’s help in identifying the second suspect who assisted Pulliam in commiting these crimes. He is described as a black male, 23-24 years of age, between 5’ 6” and 5’ 9” with a medium build and a shaved head.
Anyone who may have information regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Rudy Romero at (562) 570-5538. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.