Armed robbery of ice cream truck leads to SWAT call and arrests of 3 teens, adult

Police arrested three teens and a man in connection with the armed robbery of an ice cream truck that led to a SWAT call in Long Beach Sunday evening, authorities said.

Officers responded to the incident at about 5 p.m. on April 26 in the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue, near Burnett Street, according to Long Beach police spokeswoman Tonya Dean.

When they arrived, the victim, a man, told officers he was robbed by four suspects.

Police detained three underage teens at a separate location and were directed to a home on the same block of the initial incident where they believed the fourth suspect—a man armed with a handgun—had fled and barricaded himself inside.

At that location, officers learned a child was inside the home with the suspect, police said. SWAT was activated but the suspect surrendered before they arrived, according to the LBPD.

The child was later found sleeping unharmed and not believed to be in any danger.

Authorities arrested Isaac Perez-Benitez, 20, of Long Beach on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into Long Beach Jail where he was being held on $50,000 bail.

In addition, two male Long Beach teens—a 15-year-old and 16-year-old—and a a male 16-year-old from Perris were taken to the Long Beach police juvenile booking facility where they were booked in connection with the robbery and released into the custody of their legal guardians with the promise to appear in court, Dean said.

The loss was merchandise within the ice cream truck, police said.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact LBPD Detective Eric Hubbard at 562-570-7464 or submit anonymous tips by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.