Ice Cream Man Accused of Raping Girl, 9

June 24, 2004

PHOENIX (AP) – An ice cream vendor was arrested Tuesday on charges that
he raped and impregnated a 9-year-old girl in his ice cream truck.

Adrian Gonzalez, 24, was booked on two counts of sexual misconduct with a
minor and two counts of kidnapping, said Sgt. Randy Force, a Phoenix
police spokesman.

Force said the rapes occurred in April and May after Gonzalez befriended
the girl and got her mother’s consent to take the child along on his ice
cream route.

The girl kept quiet because Gonzalez threatened to kill her siblings and
her mother if she told anyone, Force said.

Last week, she told a friend, who got a home pregnancy test that showed
the girl was pregnant. The results were confirmed by police
investigators, Force said.

There was no immediate response Tuesday to a request through the
sheriff’s department for an interview with Gonazelz.

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