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El Zarape Restaurant Ransacked and Vandalized Caught on Camera

The owner of the El Zarape restaurant says the suspect caused thousands of dollars in damage.

A father is devastated after a burglar vandalizes and destroys the East Hollywood El Zarape restaurant.

El Zarape Restaurant Ransacked and Vandalized Caught on Camera. Credit KTLA 5 News

The heartbreak of a father is compounded by devastation as his cherished restaurant, El Zarape in East Hollywood, falls victim to a senseless act of burglary and vandalism. Beto Mendez, the restaurant’s owner, finds himself grappling with immense loss, both personally and professionally, as the aftermath of the break-in reveals extensive damage amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. The timing couldn’t be more cruel, as Mendez is still reeling from the recent loss of the mother of his children, just two weeks prior.

In the early hours of February 26, surveillance footage captured a suspect, clad in a white hooded jacket, forcibly entering El Zarape on Melrose Avenue. The intruder proceeded to deface the establishment, vandalizing property and brazenly spray-painting over security cameras. Mendez, who had dedicated seven years of hard work and passion to his restaurant, was left utterly shattered upon witnessing the wreckage that greeted him upon arrival.

The emotional toll inflicted by the violation of his establishment is immeasurable, with Mendez struggling to comprehend the extent of the damage wrought upon his cherished establishment. The images of destruction, coupled with the weight of personal loss, weigh heavily on him as he grapples with the daunting task of rebuilding both his restaurant and his shattered sense of security.

As Mendez surveys the wreckage, he is confronted not only with the physical devastation but also with the profound emotional anguish of seeing his dreams and livelihood desecrated before his eyes. Despite the overwhelming challenges ahead, Mendez remains determined to pick up the pieces and restore El Zarape to its former glory, fueled by the unwavering resolve to persevere in the face of adversity.

Source: KTLA 5

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