Investigative Leads And Follow-up Result In Arrest of Murder Suspects

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Victim Philip Victor Williamson

Two suspects have been arrested for their role in the March 24, 2011 Long Beach murder of 29-year-old Phillip Victor Williamson of Los Angeles, and other arrests are expected.

On March 24, 2011, at approximately 10:26 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to an alley in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue regarding a male subject that had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body. The victim, later identified as 29-year old Los Angeles resident Philip Victor Williamson, was transported by paramedics to a local hospital in critical condition and was pronounced deceased the following evening as a result of his injuries.

Victim Williamson, who was not known to frequent Long Beach, was shot shortly before being found in the alley by a passerby. Investigators have discovered that the victim was involved in the distribution of marijuana, which he obtained in the city of Chico, to various medical marijuana collectives in the Los Angeles County area. They have learned that he may have had several pounds of marijuana and up to $500,000 in cash in his possession at the time of his death, both of which have yet to be recovered.

As the investigation progressed, detectives believed the victim was killed for his money and marijuana, and focused on those persons close to him that were part of his organization. The investigation led detectives to the Chico area several times during the course of their investigation. Detectives also issued several news releases to the Los Angeles and Chico area media outlets as new details in the case emerged.

With the assistance of the media and the public, critical details came to light that provided detectives with evidence of those who may be responsible for the murder. During the week of July 25th, detectives drove to the Chico area armed with search warrants for several locations. Detectives also served search warrants in Long Beach and Granada Hills during the same week.

On Friday, July 29, 2011, 33-year-old Rosemary Sayegh of Granada Hills was arrested, and on Saturday, July 30, 2011, 28-year-old Marcel Mackabee, also of Granada Hills and husband of Rosemary, was arrested in Chico. On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who in turn has charged defendant Sayegh with one count of accessory to murder, and charged defendant Mackabee with one count of murder.

During the investigation, it was confirmed that Marcel Mackabee was the individual depicted in video surveillance footage from a convenience store in the Los Angeles/Beverly Hills area that was released to the public on July 11, 2011. The receipt from Mackabee’s purchase was later found in Victim Williamson’s residence.

Based on the investigation, detectives believe this murder was orchestrated for the sole purpose of committing a robbery. Williamson was a broker for growers in Chico who would purchase Marijuana and distribute it in the greater Los Angeles Area.

The investigation into Victim Williamson’s death remains ongoing and it is anticipated that additional arrests will be made. The $10,000 reward offered in this case by the Los Angeles County Supervisor’s Office has generated helpful information to the investigation, but detectives are still asking for the public’s help with information regarding this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may also be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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