Businesses vandalized near Mall at Millenia as demonstrators protest George Floyd’s death

Employees feared for their safety

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ORLANDO, Fla. – On Sunday Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando Police Chief Rolón will address news outlets and answer questions about the recent protest activity in the city.

Several businesses near Mall at Millenia were smashed late Saturday night as protestors took to the area to protest George Floyd’s death.

The Container Store, Krispy Kreme, Panda Express, Verizon and Jared all reported damage.

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Officers told News 6 several people stole items from Super Target nearby as well.

On Sunday morning, one of the owners from Krispy Kreme said his staff had no choice but to leave the shop Saturday night because it got too dangerous. He said no one was hurt but the business received major damage.

Almost every window at The Container Store was smashed by protestors. A worker explained off-camera that vandals used rocks to break the glass but did not manage to get inside.

Orlando police were also investigating a break-in at the Boost mobile store LB Mcleod Road not far from Mall at Millenia.

About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!