ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Three unidentified suspects attacked an Odessa ice cream vendor Thursday afternoon at Sherwood Park and remained at large after fleeing the scene in a truck, police said.
The trio assaulted and robbed a man on an ice cream bicycle around 4:25 p.m., according to authorities, before running down an alley near 49th Street and Dixie Boulevard to their parked getaway vehicle.
The ensuing "chaos" at Sherwood Park was "just crazy," according to Christi Galaviz, an Odessa mother who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the incident.
"As we watched it unfold, cops just kept showing up everywhere," she said. "It's absolute craziness [for something like this to happen here]. This is where our kids come to play. This is where families get together to have a good time and teach our kids right from wrong."
Galaviz described the ice cream vendor as a hard-working, "sweet little old man" and urged community members to purchase frozen treats from him in a show of support.
The victim sustained minor injuries and did not require hospitalization, officials said.
Police were unable to confirm how much money was stolen from him.
"The three suspects are described as black males, approximately 16 years old," said Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur. "One was wearing basketball shorts and no shirt. The second was seen wearing a black shirt and black shorts. The third has no known clothing description at this time."
The ice cream vendor attack marks the latest in a string of incidents throughout Odessa involving a trio of young men or teenagers with similar descriptions, records revealed.
Anybody with information about any of the three suspects is urged to contact Odessa CrimeStoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.