Employee pistol whipped during robbery of illegal marijuana dispensary in Casa de Oro

A man working in an unlicensed marijuana dispensary operating in a Spring Valley office building was pistol-whipped during an armed robbery Monday night, a sheriff’s official said.

Deputies responded to a report of a robbery and shots fired at the dispensary, on the second floor of the building on Dolores Street near South Barcelona Street, in Casa de Oro, shortly after 11:30 p.m., said sheriff’s Sgt. Karla Menzies.

Deputies found the injured man with a laceration on the back of his head. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators were told two men had entered the business and forced patrons and clerks to get on the ground as they tried to rob the dispensary, Menzies said. Both gunmen fled before deputies arrived.

One of the people inside the business took off running during the robbery attempt and the two suspects ran out of the store after him, said sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Cook.

“There ended up being no loss on the business,” he said.

Deputies were unable to find any casings or other evidence that shots had been fired during the robbery.

Sheriff’s officials have been aware of illegal dispensaries operating in the office building for a while.

In October, detectives raided the same dispensary after receiving complaints. They returned in February and served a search warrant on another business in the building, also located in a second-floor office.

“Since that February warrant, they both have opened back up,” Cook said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and can remain anonymous. Tips that lead to a felony arrest can result in a reward of up to $1,000.

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