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article imageIce cream truck drivers duke it out over Manhattan turf

By Lizz Riggs     Aug 19, 2013 in Food
New York - Food trucks are some of the most popular attractions in the streets of New York City, and every food truck owner knows that location is everything. And some drivers are willing to fight for the best spot.
Two ice cream truck drivers were arrested after a Midtown turf war turned ugly last week, according to the NYPD officers on the scene.
Erik Morel, 23, was enjoying a nice day on 50th Street and 6th Avenue, treating the city of New York to some soft serve from his Mister Softee truck. The peaceful evening did not last long though, when a Yogo truck pulled up nearby.
Morel became furious that a competitor would park so close, and left his post to give Sefer Tunca, 25, a piece of his mind. Morel started yelling and arguing with Tunca, and then stole the ID from around Tunca's neck and ripped down the Yogo vendor license.
Police arrived quickly, just before things got violent, and began questioning both men. The Mister Softee driver then told police that Tunca pulled a knife on him.
Tunca would not stand for it, and went over and punched him in the face in front of police.
Cops claim that no weapon was recovered in their search, but both men were arrested. Tunca is being charged with assault and Morel is being charged with auto stripping, criminal mischief and petit larceny.
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