Customers in line outside Cookies at 8360 Melrose Ave.
There apparently was at least somewhat of a connection between the men arrested in the robbery and shooting incident at 8600 Melrose Ave. on Friday night and Cookies, the controversial cannabis shop seven blocks to the east. It is a connection that likely will increase the pressure to close Cookies and continue the debate about racism in West Hollywood.
Lt. William Moulder of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has informed City Council members that the detective on the scene found bags and receipts from Cookies, receipts from sales about 30 minutes prior to the shooting incident. That incident occurred around 6 p.m. in front of the RtA Melrose clothing store. Two men were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (firearm) and carrying a loaded weapon, one for false personation, and one for burglary.
Cookies sits just outside the West Hollywood city limits and is Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz’s district. Koretz has expressed concern about claims by nearby residents that customers of Cookies park illegally on Kings Road, where parking is reserved for residents, and make a lot of noise, with radios blasting and people shouting and laughing. They also have complained about customers of Cookies urinating and vomiting and throwing trash in their yards. And they have said that some Cookie’s customers and security guards weren’t wearing the mandated face coverings.
Published: September 14, 2020
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