Ice cream-licking suspect identified as juvenile
A tub of Blue Bell Creamery's Tin Roof-flavoured ice cream is shown in this file photo. (Blue Bell Ice Cream / Facebook)
Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Friday, July 5, 2019 1:01PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 5, 2019 1:53PM EDT
Texas police said they won’t be releasing the name of a juvenile suspect they allege is responsible for opening a tub of ice cream and licking it before returning it to a store’s freezer in a viral video.
In an emailed update on Friday, Jessica Pebsworth, a public relations specialist for the Lufkin Police Department, said detectives have identified and spoken with the suspect in the “Blue Bell licking” case.
“She is a juvenile from San Antonio tied to the Lufkin area through her boyfriend’s family,” Pebsworth wrote.
Because she is under the age of 17, Pebsworth said the girl’s identity is protected under section 58.104 of the Texas Family Code.
“The case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department,” the spokesperson said.
The short nine-second video, in which the suspect is seen licking Blue Bell Creameries’ Tin Roof-flavoured ice cream and placing it back into the freezer, caused an online frenzy after it was shared on Twitter on Sunday.
The Texas-based creamery’s employees were able to trace the location where the video was shot to a Walmart in Lufkin, police said on Thursday.
The store’s security cameras captured the female suspect and her boyfriend walking together through the entrance.
Police said they have also spoken to the girl’s boyfriend, who is an adult.
“They were both forthcoming with what occurred and admitted to the act,” Pebsworth said.
As to whether he will face charges, Pebsworth said investigators are still “discussing his involvement with prosecutors.”
Pebsworth said she doesn’t know what charges the suspect will face now that the case has been turned over to the juvenile justice department.
In a statement on their website, Blue Bell Creameries thanked everyone for their assistance in the case, including the San Antonio Police Department, Lufkin Police Department, and Walmart.
“Food safety is our top priority, and we work hard to provide a safe product and maintain the highest level of confidence from our consumers,” the company said. “We are always looking for ways to improve, including looking at methods within our manufacturing process to add additional protection to the carton.”