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Mojo Grill vandalized, owner looking for public’s help to identify individual responsible

A Mojo Grill and Catering location in Leesburg was vandalized by an unknown individual early Tuesday morning, and the business’ owner is looking for answers.

According to security footage posted on social media by owner/operator Rondo Fernandez, an unknown individual entered the patio area of the restaurant’s Leesburg location on Tuesday, November 9, at around 12:45 a.m.

That location, which is situated at 9925 NW U.S. Highway 441, opened its doors in the spring of 2019.

In the video footage posted by Fernandez, the individual is seen pouring paint onto tables, chairs, and the floor.

Leesburg Mojo Grill patio vandalized with paint Tuesday morningFernandez says he is offering a $500 reward through his Facebook page to anyone who has information on the identity of the vandal. He does not believe the vandal is a former employee, according to the post.

This is not the first incident of vandalism at a local business this year.

In June, Ocala Police officers responded to Mojo Grill and Outback Steakhouse on East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala after receiving reports of a naked woman causing a commotion.

In a separate act of vandalism in June, a 76-year-old man was arrested after he defaced the work vehicle of an African American owned business vehicle with a noose and “KKK.”

Man spray painting noose KKK on van in Ocala
Man spray painting noose KKK on van in Ocala

Mojo Grill has multiple locations throughout the area, including two Ocala locations on East Silver Springs Boulevard and SW 17th Street, and one in Belleview.