Man in custody after ice cream truck used to lure kids in Durham sex assaults, police say

Isam Fathee Mohamed Rahmah in a photo from Durham police.


UPDATE: Isam Fathee Mohamed Rahmah turned himself in late Friday night, police said. He is in the Durham County Jail under a $1 million bond.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police said Friday they are looking for a sexual assault suspect who is using an ice cream truck to lure children.

Isam Fathee Mohamed Rahmah, 51, is wanted for several cases of first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child, Durham police said in a news release Friday afternoon.


The cases involve two boys who reported that they were recently sexually assaulted inside Rahmah’s truck, according to Durham police.

The incidents happened Oct. 22 in the 1100 block of South Hoover Road and Oct. 25 in the 300 block of Junction Road, police said.

The case from Oct. 22 was reported on Nov. 1 and the Oct. 25 was reported to police that day, according to police. The cases were reported to authorities by the boys’ parents.

Parents at the Hoover Apartments and Bentwood Park said they’ve seen Rahmah before.

UPDATE: $1 million bond for man accused of using ice cream truck in Durham sex assaults

“IIt’sfrightening. You don’t ever want to hear anything like this,”  a parent at the Hoover Apartments said.

The parent said the truck comes around all the time. The last time she saw it was Wednesday.

“It’s an older, like construction van or something like that (and) was painted over with pictures of ice cream put on it,” the parent explained.

Police said the ice cream truck is a red Ford van with numerous pictures of popsicles on the side and back, with North Carolina license plate PCZ-3617.

“There were bags of clothes. He has covers and he has chips and everything. He always drives by here on Saturday and Sunday,” Christian Aguilar said.

Aguilar said he bought ice cream from Rahmah before and suspects that he might live in the truck.

Police said that Rahmah is already charged with felony first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child and that more charges are possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator D. Mussatti at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29349 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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