Police search for possible victims of ice-cream man

Detectives are looking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims of an ice-cream vendor accused of grabbing and kissing a 9-year-old San Mateo girl last week.

San Mateo police officers arrested Hayward resident Mario Martinez-Delgado, 41, on July 1 for allegedly grabbing a girl near her home on South Idaho Street after she attempted to buy ice cream from his push-cart freezer, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He allegedly offered to give her the ice cream for free in exchange for a kiss, and when she refused, he assaulted her, prosecutors said.

“He grabbed her by the arm, kissed her on the lips and stuck his tongue in her mouth,” Wagstaffe said.

The girl’s sisters told her mother, who called the police. They located and arrested Martinez-Delgado, who prosecutors believe pushes his cart regularly in the city, shortly afterward. He was arraigned the next day on four felony charges: lewd acts with a minor under 14; lewd acts with a minor under 14 with force; unlawful imprisonment; and assault to commit molestation. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Anyone with information on or who has been in contact with Martinez-Delgado is encouraged to call San Mateo Police Department Investigations at (650) 522-7650 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (650) 522-7676.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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