By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in News
Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11:20 am
|Photo: Long Beach Post|
|Police say they've identified the man in this security camera footage from a Beverly Hills convenience store as Marcel Mackabee, who has been arrested for the murder of medical marijuana distributor Philip Williamson.|
Marcel Mackabee on Tuesday was charged with one count of murder, and his wife, Rosemary Sayegh, was charged as an accessory in the shooting death of Philip Victor Williamson, according to police, reports Greg Mellen at the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Robbery was the motive for Williamson's murder, according to police, who said the victim may have had $500,000 and seven pounds of marijuana at the time of his death.
More arrests are expected, according to police.
The couple, both of Granada Hills, were arrested over the weekend. Sayegh, 32, was apprehended in Granada Hills and his wife Mackabee, 29, was arrested in Chico.
|Photo: OC Weekly|
|Philip Victor Williamson, 29, was gunned down in a Long Beach alleyway.|
Mackabee is being held on $1 million bail and Sayegh on $500,000. Both are scheduled to return to Long Beach Superior Court on Tuesday.
Williamson, 29, was gunned down in an alleyway off the 1500 block of Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach, according to police.
Long Beach Police Department homicide detectives learned that Williamson, who lived in Los Angeles, delivered marijuana grown in Chico throughout the L.A. area.
The murder was committed for the sole purpose of robbery, police believe.
Williamson was found about 10:30 p.m. on March 24 by police, suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. He died less than 24 hours later from his injuries.
Long Beach police said they traveled to Chico several times for evidence during their investigation. That led to a tip that Williamson was seen with a man in a black Toyota 4Runner around the time of his death.
Security camera footage from a Beverly Hills convenience store showed a man in a black sweatshirt and black pants making a purchase and leaving in a black Toyota 4Runner on the day Williamson was murdered. A receipt from that store was found in the victim's home.
Police now say the man in black was Mackabee, and that the receipt was his.
In late July, police traveled to Chico and Granada HIlls with search warrants and later made the arrests; the investigation is ongoing.
Sayegh was arrested Friday, and her husband, Mackasbee, was arrested on Saturday in connection with Williamson's killing, reports My FOX LA.
The marijuana and cash have not been recovered, according to police.
A $10,000 reward offered by the L.A. County Supervisors' Office has "generated information," according to police, but they still want help from the public.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted at www.tipsoft.com.