Ice Cream Man Accused of Slashing Self, Blaming Rival

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Kids may all scream for ice cream, but a New Jersey ice cream vendor is likely to be charged with crying wolf.

In an escalating turf war in Fair Lawn, N.J., an ice cream truck driver cut himself and slashed his shirt with a knife, then called police to report that his rival had jumped on his van and attacked him, according to The Record of Bergen County.

The debacle reportedly started on Saturday when Nabil Abdallah spotted competing ice cream man Abdulaziz Hammoud on Bellair Street, a location close to an elementary school, a baseball field and countless children.

Claiming it was his territory, Abdallah allegedly threw coffee at Hammoud and threatened him with a box cutter, the Record reported.

"I think it's now more personal than ice cream," police Capt. Anthony Serrao told the Record.

The feuding dessert merchants have crossed paths before, with confrontations in nearby Paterson and Glen Rock, according to police.

Authorities said they plan to charge Abdallah with filing a false police report.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.