Ex-UCLA RB Craig Lee arrested for attempted murder from weed shop incident
Former UCLA running back Craig Lee allegedly took part in an attempted robbery gone wrong at a marijuana dispensary several years ago, and he is now facing serious charges stemming from the incident.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Lee and two other men entered Kings Palace Marijuana Dispensary in Jurupa Valley, Calif., on June 30, 2016, and one of the men from the group shot a store employee during an altercation. Lee and the other two suspects fled when a store security guard returned fire, and they were no longer there when police arrived.
The case has been investigated for the past three years, and prosecutors believe Lee and the two others were trying to orchestrate a robbery that went wrong. A key witness in the case said Lee’s role “was to grab drugs and money and run.” A warrant was issued for Lee’s arrest last month, and he was arrested last Friday and charged with attempted murder and attempted robbery. He has been held on $1 million bond since and will be arraigned on Thursday.
Lee’s family has denied that the former running back had anything to do with the crime, saying in a statement that, “Anyone that knows Craig should know pulling a gun on someone with intentions to murder them is not in his character.” A GoFundMe page has been started in an attempt to help Lee pay for legal fees, and TMZ noted that Green Bay Packers 2016 first-round pick Kenny Clark — who was teammates with Lee at UCLA — is among those who donated.
Lee had academic issues during his time with the Bruins and never recorded a carry. He was part of a loaded recruiting class in 2013 and left the team in 2015.