HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Two men held up workers that were making repairs to a taco truck in north Harris County late Tuesday, deputies said.
It happened around 10 p.m. along Memory near Airline.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the masked men approached four workers at gunpoint. They pistol-whipped two of the workers, taking their cash, wallets, and cell phones. The robbers shot one of the victims in his arm and then fled the scene.
The taco stand was closed at the time as the workers made repairs to a refrigerator, but deputies said the robbers may have not known that.
The shooting victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The men who were pistol-whipped were treated at the scene.
TULSA, OK – Authorities are searching for two suspects after a food truck was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday evening in east Tulsa.
Officers with the Tulsa Police Department were called to the area near 23rd and Garnett after receiving reports of an armed robbery. At the scene they found that the business robbed was a taco food truck just before midnight.
Initial details state that two men approached the food truck armed with a handgun. Both demanded money from the employee.
Officers told KTUL that the employee handed over an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect left the scene on foot.
Investigators were told that the men were wearing a red and white shirt with bandanas over their faces. No further description was provided.
Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers at 918 596 COPS.
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.
ORLANDO,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.
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SEATTLE, 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.
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.
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.
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VANCOUVER, 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.
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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