A male suspect has been arrested and charged with murder for two homicides on Nov. 12 at a marijuana dispensary at 447 S. Western Ave.
The suspect, Deondrae Farmer, a Los Angeles County resident in his 30s, was arrested at a motel, said Det. Herman Frettlohr, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit. The location and date of the arrest was not disclosed.
Detectives are releasing very little information about the arrest and the murders because more suspects are still being sought.
The two victims were shot in a waiting room, which had a locked door separating it from another part of the dispensary where marijuana is sold. The murder weapon has not been recovered, Frettlohr said.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Manuel David Corral Jr., 36, of South Pasadena, and Lamont Leroy Farmer, 42, of Lomita. Frettlohr said Corral was working as a security guard at the dispensary and Farmer was the suspect’s brother. It was not disclosed who shot each victim. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
“It was robbery attempt gone bad,” he said. “No product was taken. We are still looking for suspects.”
The shooting was reported at 4:20 a.m. at a dispensary called Koreatown Exotics. Per a Los Angeles ordinance, marijuana dispensaries are only allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the dispensary being open was a violation of the law.
A female employee in an area separate from the waiting room called 911 after hearing gunshots. The employee and other people present fled through a rear door.
The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation lists all licensed marijuana dispensaries operating in the city on its website. There is no entry for Koreatown Exotics or any other dispensary at 447 S. Western Ave.
Frettlohr said there had not been any issues reported at the site prior to the shooting. The building previously housed a different dispensary. A sign on the storefront reads “the journey 447.” Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office spokesman Rob Wilcox said the office does not have any complaints or criminal filings pending against any dispensary at 447 S. Western Ave.
Anyone with information about the murders is urged to contact investigators with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s 24-hour hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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