Washington, DC, Maryland Postal Service postal carriers robbed at gunpoint six times in a two-day period

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US Postal Service officials have sounded the alarm over at least six armed robberies on mail carriers in Maryland and Washington, DCAccording to a report, in a span of two days.

“This dangerous trend needs to stop,” US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) spokesman Michael Martel told a news conference. “It’s a sad situation when it comes to robbery against someone who provides an essential service to our communities. But it’s happening here, and it has to end.”

Refusing to go into too much detail on a possible motive, Martell said the suspects are carrying personal property as well as “a variety of items that the postal service provides to their carriers to carry out their work on a daily basis.” ,” although he does not believe they stole any mail at this time.

all six. In robbery at gunpoint The suspects had pointed guns in the incident that took place in the DC Metro area. In two of these cases, the carrier was also attacked and struck in the face or head. Martel said none of the carriers had been hospitalized and had only minor injuries that did not require additional medical care.

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Four robberies of a Postal Service letter carrier occurred on the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend.

US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) spokesman Michael Martel shows an image at a press conference of a black Mercedes believed to be a vehicle suspected in an armed robbery on a mail carrier in northwest Washington, DC.
(US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS))

The first took place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Wheaton, Maryland, where a suspect reached out to a letter, brandishing a shotgun and demanded property before fleeing in a black sedan, possibly an Infiniti.

About 20 minutes later, another mail carrier was approached at gunpoint by a suspect. the police said demanded the property and fled the scene in a vehicle matching the same description. The suspect in both incidents was described as a black male, possibly in his 20s, wearing a black ski mask, dressed in all black and standing between 5 foot-6 to 5 foot-8.

Police said that around 11:24 a.m. Friday, a suspect approached a mail carrier on his way into northwest Washington, D.C., demanded property, and attacked the letter carrier, striking him in the chin, police said. Told.

The suspect stole property and fled in a black Mercedes.

The last incident of that day happened around 1:30 pm in Columbia, MarylandWhere a suspect approached a letter carrier, branded a firearm and demanded the property.

Customers outside the US Post Office on August 21, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Customers outside the US Post Office on August 21, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.
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The suspect in that incident was said to be a light-skinned black male, standing about 5 foot-9 and wearing a red shirt.

Two more robberies were reported on Thursday. At 12:55 p.m., a Postal Service letter carrier was en route to Tacoma Park, Maryland, when approached by two suspects, who brandished a weapon, demanded property and attacked the carrier. They then fled in a black palanquin.

USPS trucks sit at a US Postal Service (USPS) facility on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Elkridge, Maryland, US.

USPS trucks sit at a US Postal Service (USPS) facility on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Elkridge, Maryland, US.
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At 1:18 p.m., about two miles away, a letter carrier was arriving along a route in northeast Washington, D.C., when approached by two suspects, who brandished a shotgun and sought property before fleeing the area. . In that case, the carrier was not injured, police said.

Suspects in both incidents were described as two young, slender black men, standing about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and wearing ski masks. One was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans and one was armed with black and silver handcuffs. The second suspect is said to be wearing a black hoodie and jeans. The two are said to have fled the area in a black palanquin.

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Martel announced a reward of up to $50,000 for providing information leading to the arrest, identification and prosecution of the individuals involved. The amount, Martel said, is “substantial and reflects the Postal Inspection Service’s commitment to postal service letter carriers.”

The bounty applies to every incident at this time, he said, and anyone with information is asked to contact postal inspectors by calling 877-876-2455.