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Downtown Portland jewelry store intends to sue city for handling of protests

A downtown Portland jewelry store owner intends to sue the City of Portland for its handling of protests in late May.

Noha Kassab, CEO of Kassab Jewelers, said her family-owned store was was broken into and looted early in the morning on May 30. This was during the beginning stages of what would lead to more than 100 days of protest in Portland.

“I started looking on my phone to see who was in my store, it was bunch of people going into the store, broke glass, it was the most painful, disheartening experience I ever faced,” said Kassab.

The store owner said they are still calculating the costs, but estimates $2.5 million in damages.

“I’m not someone who came to this country with money. I came with an American dream. To see my American dream destroyed and it could have been preventable, is disheartening,” said Kassab.

Kassab filed tort

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Downtown jewelry store stripped of valuables by rioters intends to sue city

A longtime downtown jeweler intends to sue the City of Portland, alleging that the Police Bureau and city politicians failed to protect downtown merchants from thieves that broke into her store in a May 30 riot.

Noha Kassab, owner of Kassab Jewelers, filed a tort claim notice with the city last month. She claims the store was stripped of valuables, including $1.5 million worth of diamonds, rubies and other gems. Together with the damage to the store and its fixtures and lost profits, Kassab informed the city she will seek $2.5 million in damages.

The Kassab store was one of several high-end retailers hit by thieves in a wild spree of vandalism, arson and smash-and-grab late in the night of May 30. The night of plundering further scarred a downtown already burdened by COVID-19 restrictions, the associated recession and widespread homelessness.

Four months later, storefronts through much of downtown remain

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