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* Ice cream truck operator robbed in Marin City on Terners Drive

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An ice cream truck operator became the latest robbery victim in Marin City on Tuesday afternoon, a Marin County sheriff’s lieutenant said. The man told investigators he was confronted around 1:45 p.m. on Terners Drive by three males wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black pants, Lt. Barry Heying said.

One suspect held a black, semi-automatic pistol to the ice cream vendor’s abdomen and demanded money. The suspects fled into a public housing area with $160 in cash, Heying said. Sheriff’s deputies and Marin County probation officers detained one person who was seen running from the scene, but he was released after the victim was unable to identify him, Heying said.

There now have been at least six assaults or robberies in the area of the Marin City bus stop since June 16. All of the suspects are young black males who wore black hooded sweatshirts and black or blue jeans, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies patrolling the Marin City area noted that most of the males in that area wear such clothing, complicating the investigation, Heying said.

A new witness has also contacted deputies about a previously unreported robbery that occurred Monday, Heying said. The witness said two young black males accosted a Hispanic man in his 50s on the sidewalk near the U.S. Highway 101 overpass around 8 a.m. that day, Heying said.

The victim resisted while the suspects tried to take his backpack, Heying said. The suspects are 5 feet 11 inches tall and slim, and were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black pants, Heying said. Investigators would like to speak to the victim and are looking for him, Heying said.

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