WEST COVINA (CBS) — A medical marijuana deliveryman was still shaken up on Monday after what he described as a robbery by two men allegedly dressed as ninja warriors.

KNX 1070’s John Brook reports the robbers used the martial arts getup to conceal their identity as they got away with a big bag of marijuana.

The assailants were reported dressed in all black with masks over their faces and wielded martial arts batons — known as tong fa — to intimidate the deliveryman around 10 p.m. last Friday at an apartment house along the 800 block of South Sunset Avenue in West Covina, police said.

“After he made his delivery, he was walking back to his vehicle and was approached by two males in their 20s wearing ninja costumes and holding white batons,” said Sgt. Travis Tibbets.

The victim dropped the bag of marijuana and fled the scene, said Tibbets.

The deliveryman was not hurt in the reported robbery, which took place just a short distance from the police station.

Police said the suspects are in their 20s, approximately 5’8″ in height, and thin in stature. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call West Covina police at (626) 939-8557.

Comments (85)
  1. Really says:

    Making a delivery at 10:00PM is probably not the wisest thing in the world to do…Also, for them to know the schedule means predictability…which is also unwise. Live and learn grasshoppa’. Either that *OR*…enjoy your cut.

    1. Terry Rohan says:

      he was wearing a hoodie, what’s the problem 🙂

      1. freecheese says:

        Just read the headlines. I said to myself, “Gotta’ be happening in Kollifornia .”
        I lived there in the ’70s when Gov. Moonbeam was in power. Wow, how a beautiful state has gone nown hill.

    2. duh says:

      In a related story, apparently Ninjas are suspected of robbing a Dominos Pizza shortly after 11 pm. No money was lost, only the pizzas that were awaiting delivery.

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  2. Corruption says:

    Let me guess, the city council will now try to stop all sales of medical marijuana because of one incident. They will make it the most important thing on their agenda and will use this incident to make delivery illegal but what they really want is for owners of the shops to give the council kickback money and to take the eyes of the corruption of the council.

    1. TrayvonSkittles says:

      If Obama had a bag of grass, it would look just like that bag of grass.

      1. Robbie Robinson says:


      2. jim says:

        I wonder what color Hispanics where involved?
        White,light skinned,dark skinned or black
        Where is Jessie,Calypso Louie and the ACLU surely this is a hate crime and somebodies civil rights were violated – where Holder

      3. whitecaucasian says:

        Too funny!

  3. mcj says:

    Hmmm. Well the only time I ever see those baton wielding Ninjas is when I’ve been smoking sativa instead of indica.

    1. Jon says:

      HAHAHAHHA! Trainwreck always makes me see them.

      1. StateRunMediaTyranny says:

        Ninja robbers? Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

      2. Charlie says:

        Yet another copy/paste blowharded statement by you under another name. Get this,Noboby is listening
        – Codename: Charlie

      3. Larry Hill says:

        STATERUNMEDIA you’re right. That truly is the biggest cover up. Thanks.

    2. JT Imberlake says:

      something tells me the author was involved in the robbery

      1. Sara says:

        Something tells me that you have an unhealthy love for Justin Timberlake.

  4. PatD says:

    How many people thought John Brooks was the marijuana dealer?
    How many people thought John Brooks was the baton ninja?

    1. TOM_SERVO says:


      YES TO BOTH!

      1. John Brooks says:

        Hey, I am not a ninja!

  5. Khameleon808 says:

    That’s true. Its pretty funny that they just knew he happened to be there. I dont recall there being any other ninja related muggings that night. Id investigate the patient / employee etc. Could be a smear campaign as well. Who knows. Ive taken alot worse injuries to convince some of alot less serious.

    So I dont put it passed anyone to take a small beating for a major profit division later on. Its whatever, If the ninjas smoked it, at least they wont be robbing anyone else for a while.

  6. Tyrone says:

    Yeah right he was Robbed!!! Yes officer they were Ninja Turtles… yeah that’s it !!!!Teenage or 20 something it was dark had to see…

  7. ScottieDont says:

    Shouldn’t be hard to find them…follow the trail of ingredients to make a “High Ninja Pie”.

  8. John Jason Chun says:

    Bruce Lee & Chuck Norris!

  9. JustAGuy says:

    I thought the crime was supposed to go away when you make marijuana legal.

    1. TheTruth says:

      It isn’t legal, yet.

      1. mcj says:

        And something being legal doesn’t mean it won’t still be stolen like say your car, your stereo, your girlfriend…

        Making marijuana legal will take the large profits out of it for organized crime as was the case with ending liquor prohibition.

        But someone will always try to steal what you have or as Woody Guthrie put it:” Some rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen…”

        And, as we now know, even some Ninja will rob you with a baton!

      2. JustAGuy says:

        I’m just responding to what I’ve been told by the pro-marijuana folks.

        And I recall being on the Venice Beach boardwalk a couple summers ago. It certainly seemed legal enough with the medical-marijuana vendor standing outside his shop hawking his wares.

      3. Abaddon says:

        Hey! Bring back my mawrywana!

    2. Ozlanthos says:

      When it is legal, if the legalization is done right (ie they don’t try to tax it until today’s street prices seem reasonable) someone stealing your marijuana will hurt you about as much as someone stealing your cigarettes, or drinking all of your beer. Right now it is something like someone stealing your Ipod…


      1. squiggy9000 says:

        i was thinking “like stealing your handgun”, but yours works, too.

  10. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    so when will obama deplore this attack? hoddie ninjas attacking a fine white fellow? when will al sharpton hold a rally and demand the return of the pot? will black panthers offer a reward?

  11. TAG says:

    …and later, all three go together to toke on a stogie…unless he knew them, how else could he say they were in their 20’s if they were wearing Ninja costumes?

    1. james pog says:

      Thank you!! I was wondering the exact same thing

  12. walter12 says:

    There is no such thing as medical marijuana, it is simply a giant scam. And LA is a cesspool of crime, gangs, and violence. When the big one hits, LA will finally be cleaned up.

  13. Zimmerman says:

    The suspects are described as 5′ 8″ and tall and thin in stature… wait, say that again?

  14. Jones says:

    5’8″ is tall?

    1. The Bruce says:

      Well, given the current Chinatown population… perhaps.

  15. Buzzard says:

    California needs to liberalize their concealed carry laws.

  16. Josiah says:

    It is tonfa, not tong fas. Try a google search before you post your story if you don’t know what something is.

    1. Correction says:

      They are also known as tong fa or tuifa. Try a google search before you post your comment if you don’t know what something is.

  17. WhiteWidow says:

    If he made his delivery, how was there anything left to rob? Thought he was on his way back to his car after making the delivery? Anyone else smell something funny here… other than the obvious sweet herbal smell of medicinal marijuana?

    1. Pete says:

      Were Skittles involved? A “big bag”? Hmmmm….small bags of med-mary are expensive. A BIG BAG…wooo! INSIDE JOB.

  18. James says:

    I’d bet good money that the “assailants” wee just a couple of kids, high or drunk, trying to mess with delivery men (can’t say I’ve never done the same thing). Delivery man, high off his own stash, immediately overcome with the vision of Bruce Lee ripping out his still beating heart, freaks out, runs away, and calls the cops.

    1. Andrew P. says:

      hahaha. i’m with you on this one

  19. Inside Job says:

    Inside job. The delivery man should be drug tested for THC.

    1. Andrew P. says:

      that wouldn’t make sense. of course he has thc in his system. in order to be a delivery driver, one must have a recommendation for medical marijuana. (That way he/she can drive with it without being hassled by local pd). why would this person have a doctor’s recommendation for a medicine he/she doesn’t use personally?

    2. Abaddon says:

      Uhhhhh….he’ll test positive.

  20. Rick Stetzel says:

    Delivery men do not carry the entire bag but only the prescrption for the particular delivery. The balance of the inventory stays in the auto.

  21. Socialist Pig says:

    Only in California.

  22. James says:

    Somewhere in West Covina or the surrounding area, a couple of ninjas are high as f*ck right now.

    1. Dave Price says:

      More likely Monterrey Park, Westminster or Hacienda Heights.

  23. The Bruce says:

    Ninjas? Hogwash. Anyone worth their salt knows that Ninjas are invisible and, therefore, impervious to blame.

    This was the work of lesser folks — perhaps a couple of government employs with a yellow-belt in a lesser form of combat like Karate.

    Never overestimate government employees or underestimate Ninjas. Your Che with thank you in the end.

  24. The Bruce says:

    Putting the obvious aside, why is this a story? Slow night in LA?

  25. Real Rick says:

    Get the guy training and do Conceal & Carry? Ooooohhhh….. california?!?!? They wouldn’t want anyone to protect themselves.

  26. stressed says:

    5 foot 8 inch and thin…

    habla espanol?

    1. Andrew P. says:

      that’s right. the only way someone could be 5’8″ and thin is if they are hispanic.

      great logic.

  27. Kush Krusader says:

    My guess is that the delivery man just wanted the whole bag to himself. So he probably made up the story of the martial arts wielding ninja warriors. Most likely after he smoked the pot, considering the ridiculousness of the story. (Good side) No one got shot or killed over something as trivial as marijuana.

  28. Grolar says:

    Best headline ever.

  29. Midwest Iowa says:

    Ninja flash rob.

  30. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    I was going to Laugh, but I forgot what was so Funny.

  31. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    “Sir, Have you been Smoking Pot-Juana, you look Small?”

    “No Sir, No Sir, I’m Tall, I’m Tall”.

    “Well get over here, it looks like I’m gonna have to Measure You”.

  32. mrtelco1948 says:

    Perhaps the delivery man made up the story and made off with the grass!

  33. williampenn says:

    Another robbery of a drug dealer. Happens every day. What’s newsworthy about that?

    1. Andrew P. says:

      it was apparently newsworthy enough for you to click the link…

  34. Conelrad says:

    Medical marijuana deliveryman? I must be getting old. Way back in my day we used to call them drug dealers.

    1. Andrew P. says:

      In your day perhaps the majority of citizens of a state hadn’t voted to legalize it. Now that they have, you still feel they are drug dealers? You shouldn’t be upset with them, you should be upset with at least 51% of the citizens. And that’s a lot of hate.

  35. Ken Puck says:

    Report the incident to the DEA. They’ll track down the culprits and recover your maryjane for you.

  36. Like their POTUS, the perpetrators are now all wee-weed up.

  37. Illini_Steve says:

    I know who did it…it was Cheech and Chong!

  38. whoduhwhat says:

    Ninjas did not want to go to the med.mj pham and whip in there karate chop everyone and take the entire load, no they wanted just a few tokes and took out the delivery man!
    CA. so full of plastic it has funneled down through the gean pool of the men and this is the amazing story one comes up with of being robbed.

  39. flipper says:

    We need high potency “medica” marywanna here in illinois. Pronto!

  40. Farside says:

    Man…they were everywhere…and the colors just blew me away. It was like…like…devils jumping out of nowhere and waving their pitch forks, but they were reallllly long sticks. I could see rainbows swishing through the air as they moved them. Wow! It was beautiful.

  41. artemis133 says:

    Best headline ever!