In the unfolding reality of urban lawlessness, the city of Compton fell victim to a staggering act of violence last week, witnessing a community bastion, Ruben’s Bakery & Mexican Food, devastated by a mass looting attack. The looters, a mob of over 100, left the bakery nursing damages that the owner, Ruben Ramirez Jr, estimates at a heart-wrenching $70,000. The son of Mexican immigrants, Ramirez and his family have been left bewildered and distraught as they scramble to piece their business back together.
Owner of the Compton bakery that was looted in several viral videos, Ruben Ramirez, joins @SandraSmithFox to detail what happened, his confusion over why he was targeted and who these looters were, and his efforts to rebuild his store for his community. #AmericaReports pic.twitter.com/5cpYaaKFCN
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The terror unfolded under the cover of a pitch-black night, sprung upon the unsuspecting neighborhood at 3 a.m. after an unrelated nearby street takeover. Surveillance footage reveals a white Kia being brutally reversed through the bakery’s entrance—not once, but twice—as a large mob circled anxiously around. Inside, masked looters ran riot, savagely ransacking the premises and elbowing their way past fellow thieves to flee into the lurking darkness. In a heart-rending glimpse of the aftermath, pictures reveal a scene of utter devastation. Open food containers carelessly tossed around, shattered glass, a destroyed metal-grated window, a bare cash register—the family-owned bakery had been reduced to a hollow shell in a matter of minutes.
Speaking to Fox News, a visibly distressed Ramirez described the ordeal as an ‘unprecedented event’, admitting that although street takeovers were no stranger to the area, this particular incident had left him reeling. “This has never happened to us before. It’s never anything like this,” he shared. His heartache only amplified as he detailed the contents of the stolen loot: meat scales, meat, grocery items, even lottery tickets.
Reflecting on the decades his parents had spent nurturing their business, a bitter Ramirez called for justice, saying, “The worst is seeing my parents, who built something for over 48 years, to almost lose it because of this violence that’s going on right now. These street takeovers in Compton have been getting worse and worse, and I’m not the only one frustrated. My neighbors here are telling me the same thing.”
As of now, no arrests have been made in connection to the shocking burglary. Los Angeles authorities, including Captain Melissa Ramirez of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, are having to grapple with not only the bakery’s plight but also a larger, concerning pattern of escalating retail theft and street takeovers, a recurring urban menace choking the city’s peace.
In conclusion, this horrifying incident raises a red flag on the alarming decay of communal peace in urban neighborhoods. The distressing sight of a family-owned bakery, a neighborhood stalwart built over four decades, reduced to shambles echoes the desperate need for decisive law enforcement action. The Ramirez family, while seeking justice, is earnestly endeavoring to regain their business footing and return to serving their community, just as they have done for years. However, their tale serves as a stark reminder of a bigger urban problem, requiring urgent and targeted intervention to reclaim the streets of Los Angeles from the tightening grip of destructive lawlessness. It’s time to step up and protect not just brick and mortars, but also the spirit of neighborhood businesses that are the lifelines of urban society.