A family of jewelry store owners in the Bronx who were brutally beaten and robbed last week are speaking out. Last Monday, on June 1, the Shen family got an alert from their security company that there was movement in their small pawn/jewelry shop on East 188th Street in the Bronx. They had no idea Fordham was burning and they didn’t know about the citywide looting until they drove up to their store.
The street was on fire, cars were on fire and garbage was on fire. “I was so terrified, I had never seen violence like that before,” said Jessalyn Shen. The looters dragged a heavy safe out to the front of the store and forced it open. “That safe had layaways, repairs, our engagement rings, diamonds, a lot of stuff,” Shen said.
ABC7NY News video.