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PD: Ice cream vendor accused of choking child in Phoenix

Posted: 11:25 AM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 14:25:45-04
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PHOENIX — An ice cream truck vendor is accused of choking and assaulting a child customer.

Phoenix police report that on September 3, they were called to a neighborhood near 19th and Peoria avenues for a reported fight.

Ruben Ruiz, 50, reportedly told police that the 9-year-old juvenile was harassing him outside his ice cream truck. He also allegedly admitted to pushing the child.

The victim reportedly told police that he was choked, pushed, and kicked once he was down on his back. Police say another child also said Ruiz choked, pushed, and kicked the victim.

Court records show that the boy had "slight marks on his neck area and no kick marks" when observed by police.

Ruiz has been charged with aggravated assault.