U.S. Marshal's Office Now Offering Reward in Ice Cream Man Murder
It's only the second time they've done that in Omaha
Omaha, NE - It has been nearly a month since someone gunned down Gilberto Hernandez-Vazquez at S. 19th and Y. Omaha police still haven't made any arrests. Now, the U.S. Marshal's Office is getting involved
The community fondly called Hernandez-Vazquez the Ice Cream Man. He was pushing his cart the night of August 23rd, when someone shot him in the head.
U.S. Marshal Mark Martinez is in charge of the Nebraska office. He explained, "Our investigations operation's division has given us the okay and the approval to add an extra $2,500 dollars in reward money."
Martinez tells KMTV Action 3 News, it's only the second time the feds have offered up cash to solve a crime in Omaha. "He wasn't just an ice cream man, he was part of the community, and so we felt it was a particularly egregious homicide. So we took that into consideration and got approval for the money," said Martinez.
Omaha police are still heading up the investigation and won't talk about the case. They'll only say they're hopeful someone with information will come forward, no matter how insignificant the tip may seem.
"Sometimes people, for what ever reason, do not come forward with information. And there's money on the table sometimes that's incentive for people to come forward," the Marshal stated optimistically.
With a Crime Stoppers reward, the person with the right information could earn up to $3,500 in cash. If you have any information, call (402) 444-STOP. Police say someone will be available to speak to you in English or Spanish.
Reported by: Liz Dorland, firstname.lastname@example.org