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LEMON GROVE, Calif. – A large marijuana grow was discovered inside a home in Lemon Grove after a violent home invasion robbery sent one man to the hospital, authorities said.

George Stevens said he was woken up at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday by a frantic neighbor pounding and screaming at his front door.

“I was shocked to see my neighbor knocking at my door with blood running down the front of his head,” Stevens said. “He asked me to call 911.”

His neighbor, who he only knows as Mr. Sweeney, along with two other men were the victims of a home invasion robbery in the 800 block of Blossom Lane.

piccopFour masked gunmen kicked open the front door of a home, according to San Diego Sheriff’s Department investigators.

“He was pistol-whipped with a hand gun. He wasn’t shot, but he was bleeding profusely,” Stevens said.

Two other residents of the home were found hiding in the surrounding neighborhood, but the four gunman evaded arrest despite an all-night search, sheriff’s deputies said.

Inside the home, investigators discovered significant marijuana grow and confiscated a number of weapons including rifles and a large safe, Sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Hampton said.

“We found a lot of processed marijuana and one plant,” said Hampton. “An investigation will continue to determine if any charges will be brought against them or not.”

As for the violence of the robbery, Hampton said the residence was targeted for the marijuana.


LEMON GROVE, Calif. — Four robbers wearing ski masks forced their way into a home in Lemon Grove where marijuana was being grown indoors early Wednesday, injuring at least one person, authorities said.

home-invasionThe home invasion in the 8000 block of Blossom Lane, near Washington Street, was reported at 1:48 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams.

One victim ran in nothing but his underwear to a neighbor’s house for help and the neighbor called 911, he said, noting when deputies arrived they found he and another victim had run from the home.

Deputies initially thought the victims might have been the suspects but determined the suspects were gone, according to Williams.

The victim who ran to a neighbor’s house later told investigators that several people inside the home were robbed at gunpoint, sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Cook said. The exact loss was not reported but Cook said while clearing the residence, deputies located an indoor marijuana grow and an unknown quantity of dried marijuana.

The victim who ran to a neighbor’s house suffered a non-life threatening head injury and was taken to a hospital, while the other known victim was uninjured, Williams said.