Only on KRON: Businesses vandalized in San Jose’s Japantown


SAN JOSE (KRON) — A family-owned business in San Jose’s Japantown had its windows smashed, along with its property marked up with graffiti.

And some of what happened was caught on a security camera.

Japantown bustles with business, and that is just what the local mom-and-pop shops need to stay open.

“It is just a pity that people don’t respect the neighborhood,” neighbor Douglas Sunlin said.

Over the weekend, some people did some major damage there. They smashed the windows of some restaurants. And some cracked glass still remains. vlcsnap-2015-12-14-21h20m27s203

Before it could open Monday night, Gombei Restaurant had to spend time and money doing repairs.

“Some guy…got drunk from the bar…they break about three or four restaurant windows,” restaurant spokesperson Huang Pham said.

In another problem, vandals tagged several family-owned shops, and surveillance cameras captured it all. One video, which you will only see on KRON, taken at 2:40 a.m. Saturday shows a man in a hat walk up to a door with what looks like a marker in his hand.

He is seen for a few seconds and appears to scrawl some writing, and then takes off.

“Feel like unsafe…around our own neighborhood,” Pham said. “We need…like cops or, you know security to pass by more often.”

A friend of the man caught on video wrote to KRON’s Justine Waldman on Facebook, saying he is mortified by his actions and is extremely remorseful.

But the man caught on video has not turned himself into police.



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