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Ice cream turf war turns violent

Two Bronx ice cream vendors were charged with attempted murder after a dispute over vending territories allegedly turned violent.
/ Source: The Associated Press

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

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.