Arrest: Police capture man suspected of killing marijuana dispensary employee
Police have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of an employee at a medical marijuana dispensary in Echo Park.
On June 24, Matthew Butcher, a 27-year-old white man, was working at Higher Path Holistic Care, a medical marijuana dispensary, when four assailants entered the facility about 4:15 p.m. At gunpoint, they ordered Butcher and another employee to lie face-down on the ground as they ransacked the dispensary for marijuana and money, police sources said.
Although Butcher and the other worker did not resist, the attackers shot them, killing Butcher and critically wounding the other person, according to police sources.
Before fleeing, police officials said, the suspects removed the videotape from the facility's surveillance system.
A little less than a month after the shooting, Daniel "Scooter" Hinton, a 31-year-old black man, was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the incident.
He is being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility downtown. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Los Angeles Municipal Court.
Following Hinton's arrest, City Councilman Ed Reyes offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the remaining suspects.
On Aug. 3, authorities charged Raymond Lemone Easter, 27, with murder and attempted murder. He is being sought by police.
Anyone with information related to this case or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Robbery Homicide Division Dets. Dennis English or James King at (213) 486-6890. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
-- Sarah Ardalani and Ruben Vives
Upper photo: Matthew Butcher. Credit: California Department of Motor Vehicles
Lower photo: Daniel "Scooter" Hinton. Credit: Los Angeles Police Deaprtment