A Portland, Oregon coffee shop owner had to clean up after masked vandals smashed the windows of her store and spray-painted the interior ahead of a “Coffee with a Cop” event.
Loretta Guzman, owner of the Bison Coffeehouse, said Friday that friends, family and neighbors volunteered to help clean up broken glass and mess left behind by criminals.
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“I’ve hosted a coffee with a cop maybe like three times in the past,” Guzman told “Fox & Friends First.”
She said she was approached about hosting again, but this time customer feedback was mostly negative when she announced it on Instagram.
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“I stopped looking at it. People I know in the community would say, thank you, and [asking] ‘Could you please do this?’ And I was like, yeah. And then I woke up to my neighbor calling me and saying, hey, all your windows are broken,” she told Carley Shimkus.
Guzman added that the entire building was sprayed with paint earlier this week.
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Even after his business was trashed, Guzmán organized the event on Wednesday. Her friends and family supported her during the event.
“They said, you’re still doing it, and we’re here to support you. So my friends in the community and my friends who have known me my whole life showed up, and they really bonded.”
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, said the people who vandalized the business will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including possible federal hate crime charges. Guzmán is a Native American whose store is reportedly filled with tribal artwork and other symbols honoring her heritage.
Police said the masked thugs also unloaded a fire extinguisher throughout the store.
Business owners and residents of Portland have raised concerns in recent years due to the steady rise in crime and homelessness.