Palm Beach Post contributed to this story
West Palm Beach,Fla.
Retail employees of the 'City Place' entertainment and retail complex in West Palm Beach, confirm they have been interviewed by the FBI in connection to the Orlando terror attack shooter and his wife.
Employees from AMC Muvico movie theater, Bellagio Italian Restaurant and Copper Blue Rock Pub all confirmed to the Palm Beach Post they received visits from federal agents and were shown picture of Omar Mateen and his wife.
WSVN TV Miami tweeted Friday that another source said Mateen had visited City Place five times, most recently just five days before the Orlando attack. The first visit reportedly came on Feb. 25, the same day Mateen’s sister was married in West Palm Beach.
Muvico, theater manager Betty Santana told The Palm Beach Post that none of the workers inside had seen Mateen, who lived in Fort Pierce, but because they have hundreds, even thousands of customers a day, it is possible he was there and no one recognized him.
“It is scary,” Santana said. “They said they knew he had been around here (CityPlace) several times but weren’t sure exactly where. I saw the picture, but if he wasn’t one of our regulars here I don’t think I would have remembered seeing him.”
One of the other places FBI officials visited was an Italian restaurant. The general manager there, who only gave his name as Alexander, said that two FBI agents visited his restaurant Thursday afternoon. They showed him a picture of a man and a woman, Alexander said, but he did not recognize either of them and could not recall seeing them at CityPlace.
FBI officials in a statement Friday said: “The FBI has conducted hundreds of interviews in the South Florida area in connection with the Orlando shooting. At this time, we are not prepared to disclose specifics of those interviews, however we would still encourage anyone who may have any information to contact the FBI at (754) 703-2000.”
CityPlace spokeswoman Carey O’Donnell released this statement Friday: “Safety and security of our tenants and visitors is of the utmost priority and to that end we cannot comment on protocols, investigations or tactics being undertaken which could impede such efforts.”