Police: Drug deal turns into failed robbery

By From page A4 | March 28, 2014

VACAVILLE — A marijuana peddler nearly fell prey to an armed customer Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a Marshall Road apartment complex.

The dealer met up with his customer around 5:30 p.m. and began their transaction, which was interrupted by the customer pulling out a handgun. The customer balked and then bolted, running off into the apartment complex without having taken the marijuana.

Police were called and quickly set up a perimeter around Marshall Road and Peabody Road. A search of the area included a California Highway Patrol helicopter checking nearby backyards, but the would-be robber was not found.

The victim described the armed customer as a 6-foot-tall black man in his 20s wearing a Bob Marley sweater, a baseball cap and a backpack. The victim also provided police with a possible name of the customer and his telephone number.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • boomMarch 28, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Lol you almost got robbed selling pot and then you call the cops? I'm telling you, they don't make them like they used to.

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  • Both Are Breaking The LawMarch 28, 2014 - 4:46 am

    Did the seller then get cited for sales/distribution?

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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 28, 2014 - 4:55 am

    how close to the nearest school? What a waste of a helicopter!

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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 28, 2014 - 4:59 am

    im sure he was a registered street vendor! Certainly with a tax permit. I cant even sell bottled water outside and they break out the helicopter for this? Especially when they have his name and phone #, and probably Facebook.

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  • JBMarch 28, 2014 - 6:02 am

    Looking for an armed person is not a waste of resources Scrooge.

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  • TylerMarch 28, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Then there should be helicopters and and night over many neighborhoods?

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 28, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Only in States like California does a no-gooder call the cops to report his crime along with his fellow no-gooder's even bigger crime. Only in California do the police fail to arrest a drug dealer and his robber client after expending thousands on jet turbine flight time along with overbloated salaries and perks. Animals like those 2 jerks infest your community and it all adds up to a community and state that are clearly undesirable, unlivable, ungovernable and totally unreformable. The leadership and the cop goons just sit there at those public meeting as we address them and complain about the adverse facts. Yes indeed, they just sit and just smile at us like Cheshire cats in their upside down Alice in Wonderland world.

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  • Tax PayerMarch 28, 2014 - 7:03 am

    One criminal meets another criminal. One criminal robs another criminal. No crime.

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  • The MisterMarch 28, 2014 - 8:45 am

    No honor among thieves? Sounds like the California Legislature!

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  • BMarch 28, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Drug dealers calling the cops for a robbery. That is hilarious. I hope he was arrested while they search for the other criminal.

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  • patrickMarch 28, 2014 - 10:51 am

    he was probably using his own product

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  • HonestlyMarch 28, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Uh, damn, none of this would happen if... We had a Cannabis Club to buy from? Surprised no one thought of that.

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