Four Richmond residents were arrested in California this week after a series of violent robberies in search of marijuana that police say ended with the occupants of three homes tied up and held at gunpoint.
None of the families targeted was actually involved in the sale or cultivation of marijuana, though a licensed marijuana farm had previously been located next door to one of the targeted homes, said authorities in Sonoma County. They suspect the group of seven total traveled from the East Coast to target the state’s legalized marijuana trade.
It’s the second time in just over a month that a Richmond resident has been arrested in Sonoma, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, attempting to rob a home where marijuana was being grown. In the other case, one man was killed and another was shot in the arm.
“We’re looking to see what kind of connection there is,” said Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Misti Harris. “This is unusual and it’s really disturbing, frankly, to have