updated 3/30/2004 3:44:03 PM ET 2004-03-30T20:44:03

Two ice cream vendors were charged with attempted murder for an alleged pipe attack on two of their competitors, authorities said.

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Fernando Esparza and Librada Veron pleaded innocent Monday to the charge stemming from a confrontation on a street in the Bronx borough of New York City.

According to police, Juana Marrero and her husband, Luis, have been in a dispute with the alleged attackers over routes for their competing ice cream truck operations.

On Saturday night, Esparza allegedly bashed Juana Marrero in the head with a pipe while Veron held her down, police said. When Luis Marrero and his 15-year-old granddaughter tried to intervene, they were also attacked.

The teenager was not seriously injured. Juana Marrero, 64, was in critical condition at a hospital with skull fractures and internal bleeding. Her 63-year-old husband was in stable condition.

Esparza and Veron were held without bail. A call to the Bronx district attorney’s office late Monday was not immediately returned.

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