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* Novato Men Joseph Victor Denatale-Watson And Shane Evan Maynard Arrested For Alleged Robbery Of Ice Cream Truck

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Two Novato men have been arrested for allegedly smashing an ice cream truck with their car and using beer bottles as weapons to try to rob the driver, the California Highway Patrol said.CHP public information officer Chris Rardin said the driver of a green Mercury Sable intentionally smashed a 1973 Chevrolet ice cream truck on eastbound state Highway 37 near Black Point around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. The ice cream truck driver, Jasper Singh, 46, of Vallejo, lost control of the truck and stopped within the traffic lanes of the highway, Rardin said.Both drivers moved their vehicles to the right shoulder of the road and three men got out of the Mercury and threatened Singh with 40-ounce beer bottles, Rardin said. The men demanded money but fled east on Highway 37 after a motorist stopped and told them police had been notified and were on their way, Rardin said.Novato police stopped a green Mercury Sable on Calle Arboleda in Novato around 11:20 p.m., Rardin. The Mercury’s license plate matched that of the Mercury involved in the Highway 37 incident, Rardin said. CHP officers went to the scene and determined the driver, Joseph Victor Denatale-Watson, 24 was driving under the influence of alcohol and was the driver of the Mercury that smashed the ice cream truck, Rardin said. Denatale-Watson and his passenger, 18-year-old Shane Evan Maynard, were identified by Singh as two of the three suspects involved in the earlier incident, Rardin said.Denatale-Watson was arrested and booked into the Marin County jail for assault with a deadly weapon,attempted robbery,hit-and-run driving and violation of probation. He is being held without bail.Maynard was arrested and booked into the jail for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery. His bail is $50,000.

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