Former Echo Park pot shop and crime scene now up for rent

Police tape blocks off the entrance to the Higher Path on the day of the deadly 2010 shooting.

Echo Park — The scene of one of Echo Park’s most notorious crimes – the deadly 2010 holdup of The Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary – is now being offered up for rent at more than $3,400 a month, according to LoopNet.

Storefront ReportTwo men were convicted of  fatally shooting a 27-year-old employee, Matthew Butcher, son of an L.A. union leader, and seriously wounding a security guard when they robbed  the Higher Path on Sunset Boulevard near Innes Avenue.  The purple-and-orange exterior of the nearly 1,000-square-foot building remains virtually the same as when it served as a pot shop. But the listing now proposed different kinds of uses:

The property boosts wonderful street presence with parking and storefront windows. The space currently has an open floor plan with small kitchenette and full bathroom. This property is perfect for any retailer, possible quick service restaurant or coffee house.



  1. My boyfriend and I were held up at gunpoint at this exact spot on Sunset a few months back. This section of Sunset is sketchy. Good luck to the new tenants.

  2. Only a pot shop can afford that kind of rent. I hate pot shops for that reason alone. They’ve jacked up rents for every hole in the wall storefront .

  3. I live right there as well! There’s a ton of neighborhood foot traffic there because of the stairway, and the businesses right there (like the new amazing Japanese restaurant are doing fantastically). A coffee shop there would have a line out the door, there’s A LOT of density and bikers/walkers and no where to get a cup. Look at Guisados across the street in a tiny hole-in-the-wall place making bucko bucks too. This strip, with all it’s beautiful brick storefronts and the two new residential projects right there (DO IT CENTER and the now fancy lofts at the old DWP building) are going to make this area the best part of Exho park as it quickly becomes dense with cafés and shops

  4. It’s a wonderful junction to get robbed, shot and maybe killed. The quick, unseen accessibility in that hilly area coupled with the aforementioned stairs, it’s proximity to Alvarado and the 101 freeway makes it practically a robbers paradise. Despite the foot and vehicular traffic, it offers up plenty of distraction so you can get jacked in plain sight.

    Other than that, great neighborhood! Lol

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