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food truck robbery knife

STOCKTON, CA – According to the Stockton Record, a food truck vendor was held up at knife point in the vicinity of March Lane and Kentfield Road around 9:50 p.m. Monday.

The unnamed 28-year-old victim had just closed down his food truck at the corner of Kentfield and Gateway Court when three male juveniles showed up brandishing large knives and demanded his money. They fled the scene with cash and some of his property, according to a report.

The victim told police the robbers were all between 16 and 17 years old and of different races.

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Arepas El Cacao food truckORLANDO,FL - An armed food truck robbery on International Drive was caught on video and authorities are hoping the public can help identify the suspected criminals.

Earlier this month, workers for the Arepas El Cacao food truck parked in the 5300 block of International Drive — in the heart of Orlando’s tourist corridor — were robbed by two masked men, Orlando police said.

The Nov. 11 robbery was caught by the food truck’s camera, which showed the two suspected robbers assaulting a customer, taking his wallet and barging into the kitchen area to attack the worker.

One of the men, covering his face with what appears to be a shirt, pointed a silver revolver at both victims while a second man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, punched and shoved the men.

The men got away with cash from inside the truck and other items, which were not disclosed.

Both fled from the scene on foot, said police spokesman Sgt. Jim Young.

Anyone with information about the crime to call Crimeline anonymously at 1-800-423-8477.

All callers are eligible for a cash reward.

Find the original article at orlandosentinel.com <here>

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Arepas El Cacao food truckORLANDO, FL - According to an Orlando Sentinel report employees of an Orlando food truck parked were robbed at gunpoint early Monday.

At about 1 a.m., two men robbed the Arepas El Cacao food truck, which was parked near the Divers Direct store off International Drive.

The men got away with cash and other items, which were not disclosed.

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stop signSEATTLE, WA - The Seattle Department of Transportation is hoping to curb crime with food trucks.

The city of Seattle came up with the idea of lining up food trucks in certain locations around the downtown area to create a more positive atmosphere. They hope the food trucks will create more vibrant, welcoming locations in known problem areas.

SDOT has designated four new food truck vending locations for their pilot program: one site near Westlake Park at Pine Street and Fourth Avenue and three sites at the Pike Street Hillclimb Plaza on the Seattle waterfront.

Food vendors interested in the new downtown locations are encouraged to submit their vending permit applications as soon as possible. Go to the SDOT website for more information about the vending permit process and application.

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houston food truck murder arrest 2

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HOUSTON, TX –  The second suspect in the capital murder of a food truck operator in northwest Harris County is now in custody.

Adrian Gomez was arrested in Madisonville at around 5:30am Wednesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say he was sitting outside a closed business and caught the attention of an officer there. The officer ran a background check and found that he was wanted in Harris County.

Earlier this month, another suspect, John Ray Aycock, was arrested by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and is currently in the Harris County Jail. He’s being held without bond.

Both Gomez and Aycock are charged with capital murder for the October 12 slaying of Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, who was operating a food truck. Officials say the murder happened while the Gomez and Aycock were robbing Vasquez.

Prosecutors tell us Aycock pretended to be buying food and at that time while Gomez shot Vazquez in the head. Police say Aycock stayed behind until police arrived and even went as far as identifying his accomplice, Gomez, as the killer.

“Officers learned through their investigation that there was another food truck in the same area that had been robbed,” said Harris County prosecutor Mary McFaden. “They were able to obtain surveillance footage of that robbery and they were able to learn that Mr. Aycock had taken part in the robbery along with Mr. Gomez. They then went back and talked to Mr. Aycock who fully confessed to being a part of both robberies.”

Gomez will be transfered to the Harris County Jail.

Find the original story at abclocal.go.com/ktrk <here>

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BRIDGEPORT, CT - Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a food truck last night in Bridgeport.

Lorenzo Ely food truck fire

The fire started at the intersection of Barnum Avenue and Brooks Street at around 9:00 p.m. Firefighters say the truck had been vandalized on Thursday.

Authorities say the fire may have been intentionally set.

“Thursday night, they broke into it,” said owner Lorenzo Ely. “Stole all my food, my generator, and they came back last night and finished it off.”

Ely says that the most upsetting part of this incident is that the vehicle was brand new and a major investment.

No one was hurt in the fire, but firefighters say five other vehicles were also damaged.

Local businesses have set up a fund to help get Ely back on his feet:

The Lorenzo Ely Fire Recovery Fund
1219 Reservoir Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Call : 203 395-8066

Find the original article by connecticut.news12.com <here>

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the mighty bowl vancouver food truckVANCOUVER, CANADA - Mighty Bowl, one of Vancouver’s few food trucks, was burglarized late Wednesday or early Thursday at its location on the Clark College campus.

Co-owner Steve Valenta said someone broke into the trailer and stole about $1,500, plus an iPad worth about $400 that is used as the company’s point-of-sale system.

“It’s disappointing,” Valenta said. “It’s just a weird experience.”

The truck is parked east of Hanna Hall and south of the library on the campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman, said Mighty Bowl operators were asked to contact police to make a phone report to one of the department’s police service technicians.

The company dishes out hundreds of bowls daily of piping hot brown rice and black beans topped with a variety of sauces at its Clark College location and from its original food truck. The company started serving its signature bowls more than a year ago and was billed as downtown’s first mobile food truck.

This was the first time the business has been burglarized, Valenta said. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call 911.

Find the original article by Paris Achen at The Columbian  <here>

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houston food truck murder arrestHOUSTON, TX - There has been an arrest in the recent murder of a food truck owner in northwest Harris County.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested John Ray Aycock on Monday for the capital murder of Lorenzo Juan Vasqez, 53.

Investigators are still looking for a second suspect, identified as Adrian Gomez.

Vasquez was shot and killed during a robbery at his taco truck on October 12.

According to officials, Aycock told police the shooting was not part of their “plan.” He and Gomez had reportedly robbed another food truck earlier in the day.

Aycock allagedly told investigators that Gomez shot and killed Vasqez. Officials said Aycock then decided to stay at the scene, where he claimed to be a witness who was placing an order when the shooting happened.

Anyone with information on Gomez’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at 713-967-5810

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the+squeeze+food+truck nycNEW YORK, NY - The bright pink food truck stolen from its Brooklyn parking lot early Sunday morning has been returned, its owners said Monday.

The truck bearing “The Squeeze” company logo was returned late Monday night after being stolen from its Williamsburg location early Sunday morning, its owner says. It had 1,500 bottles of cold-pressed juice in it retailing $10 apiece.

“This is my life’s work, and this is the kind of thing that destroys small businesses,” said truck owner Karliin Brooks, before it was returned. She normally sets up in Union Square.

Brooks said she knows the man who stole the truck: the suspect in the surveillance video is a former employee who’d been fired after two weeks when she learned he’d been arrested and sent to jail.

Brooks said the ex-employee used to drive her truck and he knew a spare set of keys was kept at the bodega next door. He apparently went there, told the bodega workers he was working a shift and got the keys, said Brooks.

He then bought a beer, then went to her prep kitchen and trashed it before ultimately stealing the truck, according to Brooks.

“It’s so easily identifiable,” she said. “I can’t imagine how he could drive more than three blocks without getting recognized. I can’t imagine how he could take it to a chop shop.”

Police confirmed Monday that they were looking for the ex-employee and the truck. It’s not clear whether he or anyone else has been arrested in the heist.

Find the original story by Ida Siegal at nbcnewyork.com <here>

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food truck murder suspectsHOUSTON, TX - The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding the suspect who gunned down a taco truck owner in northwest Harris County.

Composite sketches of the killer and his getaway driver were released Tuesday.

Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, 53, was shot to death Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of Fairbanks North Houston.

The gunman walked up to his taco truck and ordered food. While Vasquez and his wife were preparing it, the suspect burst through the door.

Vasquez was trying to protect his wife when he was shot. The suspect and his getaway driver fled in a tan four-door sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota.

They didn’t get any money.

“I never thought this type of violence would reach my family,” Manuel Vasquez, the victim’s brother, said Tuesday. “I ask the community to please pay attention now before it’s too late.”

Sheriff Adrian Garcia is also concerned the violent robbers might strike again. “My feeling is, is that if they selected one mobile food vendor they may select another,” the sheriff said in a news conference Tuesday.

The case is personal for Garcia. He knew the victim because their wives sold Mary Kay cosmetics together. Sonia Vasquez said she and her husband came to the U.S. from El Salvador and were living the American dream.

They began operating the taco truck last year and hoped to open a restaurant soon.

The gunman is described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s. He is about 5’4 with a skinny build.  He has dark hair and a tattoo over one eyebrow. The driver of the getaway car is also described as a young Hispanic man. Investigators believe he has a Texans tattoos on his shaved head.

If you recognize either man, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Find the original article at khou.com <here>

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