Marijuana Collective Robbery Suspect Arrested; Additional Suspect Outstanding
2014-04-07 · By Editor
On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, a marijuana collective in the 1000 block of Redondo Avenue in Long Beach received a telephonic order for delivery of medical marijuana. When the collective employee responded to the delivery location in the 1000 block of Gladys Avenue, Long Beach, the employee was approached by two male suspects. The suspects engaged the employee in a brief conversation, then one of the suspects brandished a firearm. The employee was immediately in fear for his life and a physical fight ensued between the employee and the two suspects. After the fight, the suspects ran from the location, taking the marijuana.
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, a similar robbery occurred. A marijuana collective outside the City of Long Beach, received a telephonic order for delivery of medical marijuana. When the collective employee responded to the delivery location in the 1300 block of Temple Avenue in Long Beach, the employee was approached by a male suspect who directed him to the rear of an apartment complex. 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.
In both robberies the victims were not seriously injured and the firearm was not discharged. Robbery detectives immediately began investigating and identified one of the two suspects.
On March 31, 2014, detectives located and arrested 22-year-old Desmond Pulliam of Long Beach. During the arrest, Pulliam was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, in addition to evidence related to the robberies. Detectives also located evidence in Pulliam’s possession from a robbery that occurred on March 20, 2014, in the 1300 block East Pacific Coast Highway. During that robbery, the victim was walking to his vehicle when two suspects approached him, brandished a firearm, and demanded the victim’s property. This robbery was not related to a marijuana collective.
On April 3, 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed three counts of robbery, possession of a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a concealed firearm against Pulliam.
Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the second suspect who assisted Pulliam commit these crimes. The second suspect is described as a Male, Black, 23-24 years of age, between 5’ 6” and 5’ 9” with a medium build and a shaved head. He was last seen wearing dark clothing.
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.