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Ice cream truck driver robbed by kid speaks out

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An ice cream truck driver who was robbed at gunpoint by a child Thursday says he is not going back to Skyline.

Hugo Sanchez says this isn't the first time he's been hit by crime in the neighborhood.

Sanchez tells CBS News 8 he was calm during the entire robbery and is doing fine despite having a gun pointed at him Thursday night.

Police are looking for one main suspect who is just a child - no older than 16-years-old.

Sanchez works late hours for an ice cream truck driver and on Thursday night he says he paid a price for it.

At around 6:45 p.m., he says he was robbed at gunpoint near Black Oak Road by a young African American boy who looked 13 years old.

His daughter translates his account of how he was approached by the robber and two friends after a rock was thrown at his truck.

"He's sure it was the same person who threw the rock, but this time there were two more people with him and he was covering his face completely," his daughter said. 

From there, the juvenile in a white shirt and red basketball shorts pointed a gun and demanded money.

Sanchez says he calmly handed over a $110.

Just a couple months ago, he says someone in the same area fired a gun at his same truck but it missed.

"It's a very dangerous zone."

He kept taking his "Ms Cucus" ice cream truck back to the Skyline area because he does good business and figured he was safe.

"He didn't think it would happen again," his daughter said. 

Surveillance video of the truck was recorded just moments after Sanchez was robbed on Thursday.

Sanchez claims he has the only ice cream truck in the area that's fitted with lights on the side so he plans to keep driving around at night.

"I like going around this time because there are no other ice cream trucks around this late and I have more clients to myself since we have lights on our truck," his daughter said. 

But he says he's made his last trip to the Black Oak Road and Meadowbrook Drive area of the Skyline neighborhood.

Sanchez was not hurt during the robbery.

He says the juvenile with the gun took off on a skateboard with his two unarmed friends.

He says the gun was not a fake and police are treating the case as if the young suspect used a real loaded handgun.

If you have any information about the suspect please call the San Diego Police Department's robbery unit or Crime Stoppers -- you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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