(UPDATE – 9/8/2017) Police say a 17-year-old has been arrested in this case. D. Wooten (full name not provided) was arrested overnight Thursday, Sept. 7, and charged with attempted robbery and aggravated assault.
(ORIGINAL STORY – 8/29/2017)
A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is recovering after investigators say he was hit in the back of the head after being held at gunpoint Monday afternoon.
The attempted robbery happened while the 53-year-old was delivering mail around 2 p.m. in the 500 block of East Gage Avenue in South Memphis.
According to a police report obtained by Local 24, the victim said two men, one of whom appeared to be wearing a bulletproof vest, approached and pointed a handgun at him.
“Give me all you’ve got, or I’ll kill you,” said one of the suspect.
“Do what you’ve got to do. I don’t have anything,” the mail carrier responded.
One of the robbers pistol-whipped mail carrier before running off with the other man.
“I was shocked to learn about this,” said Barbara Harris. The attack took place outside her home. “I wasn’t home when it happened but I love getting the mail. I hope he’s all right. My hopes and prayers are with him and his family.”
The mail carrier is expected to be ok.
Local 24 reached out to the Postal Inspector’s Office regarding this case and other robberies and assaults against postman.
Postal Inspectors said six mail carriers have been robbed in West Tennessee since October 1, 2016. All of those robberies, except for Monday’s case, have been solved.
In addition, four mail carriers have been assaulted in the same time frame. All of those cases have also been solved.
Monday’s case is a joint investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Memphis Police Department.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects who attempted to rob the USPS Letter Carrier.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to contact the United States Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 (select option 2). You can also call Memphis Crime Stopper at 901-528-2274. All information will be kept confidential.