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Burning flares found inside damaged Richmond Starbucks

Posted at 12:55 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 12:55:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police and the Richmond Fire Department's Arson Team are investigating damage done to a Starbucks.

First responders were called to the Starbucks on North Robinson Street at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Richmond Police.

There they discovered broken windows and burning road flares inside the coffee shop, police said.

"They were quickly extinguished," a Richmond Police spokesperson said. "Damage consisted of the broken window and scorch marks on the floor."

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Police said it appeared the damage was tied to protesters who were marching several blocks away.

"Investigators are seeking any surveillance video or photographs that might have captured the arson," the Richmond Police spokesperson continued.

Police arrested four people Wednesday night into Thursday morning after the department declared an unlawful assembly at the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Lee Monument and later marched through the streets to speak out against police brutality and racial injustice. The protests have been a nightly occurrence in Richmond for nearly a month, following the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day.

The state officially closed the area around the monument at sunset.

According to a timeline provided by Richmond Police, officers arrived at the monument at about 10:50 p.m. to enforce the trespassing law.

A CBS 6 news crew was with the protesters when they left the Lee Monument at about 11:30 p.m. and began to march down Broad Street toward downtown Richmond.

Over the course of the evening, police reported that windows were broken at Whole Foods (2024 W Broad St.), Starbucks (400 N Robinson St.), and District 5 restaurant (1911 W Main St.).

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.