SAN BERNARDINO: Defendant faces charges in dispensary shooting death
Police outside a San Bernardino marijuana dispensary, where a security guard was shot to death in an attempted robbery Feb. 16.
BY PETER SUROWSKI/STAFF , BY PETER SUROWSKI/STAFF BY PETER SUROWSKI/STAFF
Three months after a security guard was shot to death in an attempted robbery at an illegal San Bernardino marijuana dispensary, only one person has been identified as a defendant in the case.
Curtis James Jackson, 21, faces murder and attempted robbery charges following a preliminary hearing earlier this month. Sentencing enhancement charges allege he fired a handgun during commission of the crimes and caused the death of security guard Anthony Victor Pineda, 25, of Rowland Heights.
If convicted of all the charges, Jackson faces a potential 25-years-to-life sentence, according to the complaint filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, in San Bernardino County Superior Court, according to court records.
Jackson was arrested in Los Angeles on April 23, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department booking records.
Late Feb. 16, Pineda was gunned down by two men who stormed the nondescript storefront in a strip mall in the 2800 block of Rialto Avenue, police said at the time. The store was set up with a reception area where employees checked customer identification and the back room where marijuana was sold and where Pineda was shot.
Witnesses told police they saw the men run away and heard one say he had been shot. When San Bernardino police responded to a shots fired call, they found the dispensary doors locked, and had to break a glass door to gain entry. Police said dispensary workers, who were witnesses, did not cooperate.
Marijuana dispensaries are banned in San Bernardino, but police earlier this year estimated they were about 40 active dispensaries in the city.
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