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Woman, son assaulted during theft of medicinal pot

Four men reportedly assaulted a woman and her 18-year-old son late Friday night at their home in North San Juan and stole more than five pounds of marijuana from the woman.

One of the suspects was caught Saturday, while the others are still at large.

The 45-year-old woman told Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators that at about 10 p.m., she was at her home on the 31300 block of Highway 49 when her son went outside and was attacked in the driveway by three of the men.

When the woman heard the commotion she went to see what happened when the fourth man, someone she recognized as Paul George Lotz, an acquaintance, walked toward her and stuck a handgun into her rib cage.

He told the woman to give him the marijuana “or the three guys beating her kid would finish the job,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Koehler said.

She gave the robbers five and one-half pounds of marijuana stored in four, three-gallon plastic bags and one, one-gallon bag, Koehler said.

The marijuana was medicinal, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman reportedly shares the property with several others who have prescriptions.

After she gave them the marijuana, the men left in a gray Datsun pickup truck. Her son suffered a bruised left eye and several cuts to his face. He declined treatment.

On Saturday, Lotz, 20, was spotted by a Nevada City Police officer and was arrested on the related charges.

The woman did not know the other three men and did not see their faces, but described all three as 5-feet 10-inches tall. One man was about 200 pounds, with a stocky build and short brown hair. Another was about 170 pounds and had an “officer-style-cut short brown hair,” she told deputies. The third was also about 170 pounds and had short red hair.

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