Sacto 9-1-1
October 14, 2010
Man arrested after alleged pot buy turned violent

By Chelsea Phua
cphua@sacbee.com

Sacramento police on Thursday arrested a man who allegedly pulled out a gun at another man in a drug deal gone bad.

Police did not name the suspect Thursday night.

Sgt. Norm Leong said the victim, who had a medicinal card for marijuana use, had arranged to buy the drug through an online marijuana "brokerage" site because it was cheaper than buying from a dispensary.

The victim made the arrangement through a person he thought was associated with a legitimate dispensary.

But when the victim arrived shortly before 5 p.m. at the parking lot of Fry's electronic store at Northgate Boulevard near Interstate 80 and got into the suspect's car, the suspect pulled out a gun and tried to rob the victim of his money.

The victim fought back, causing the suspect to hit the car's accelerator. The car crashed into an embankment and burst into flames. The suspect ran off, but police later found him on the other side of the highway at a motel, Leong said.

The victim escaped unhurt, Leong said.

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Photo credit: Photo of suspect's car released by the Sacramento Police Department.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

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