Craig Lee, Redlands High School standout recruited by UCLA, charged with attempted murder – Press-Enterprise


Former UCLA running back and Redlands High School standout Craig Lee has been charged with attempted murder in a botched 2016 robbery of a Jurupa Valley medical marijuana dispensary that left two men wounded by gunfire, authorities said.

The would-be robbers fled the scene after the shooting, investigators said.

Lee and John Carlton Ross, both 23, are each charged with attempted robbery along with the attempted murder charge. The case filed against them also alleges they were armed during the incident.

They are due to enter pleas in Riverside County Superior Court on Thursday, July 25.

Lee was arrested in Los Angeles July 18 and along with Ross remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of posting bond on $1 million bail.

An attorney for Lee had not yet been selected Tuesday afternoon from a panel of attorneys for defendants who cannot be represented by the Public Defender’s Office because of a conflict of interest.  Ross has told an investigator he was prepared to deny any involvement with the crime.

Lee was a 2013 graduate of Redlands High School and was one of the nation’s top running back recruits after rushing for more than 3,355 yards and 37 touchdowns. He committed to UCLA early in the recruiting process.

Lee was cut from the Bruins in 2015 after failing to qualify academically. He never played a game for UCLA football.

A declaration in support of Lee’s arrest, filed late last month, outlined the invasion of the dispensary on July 13, 2016 by three men. The event was caught on surveillance video.

The men were armed with a rifle and a handgun and shot a store employee, wounding him in the right shoulder. A security guard returned fire and wounded one of the would-be robbers.

A man investigators identified as Lee had entered

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