“Multiple carriers have been subjected to assaults and threats of assault by an individual who has not been located or arrested,” the bulletin, which was delivered Thursday, said.
US Postal Service spokeswoman Natashi Garvins said in a statement to the Washington Post that postal workers have reported three separate incidents. It added that the decision to suspend the service was “unusual” but “necessary” to protect employees.
Assaulting a mail carrier on the job is a federal crime. The United States Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement division of the Postal Service, investigates incidents that occurred in Santa Monica. The Postal Service declined to comment further because the investigation is ongoing. He. She He did not say how long the suspension would last.
These incidents are the latest in a series of attacks on postal service workers. In May, an Arizona man allegedly hit a postal worker with an elbow, blacking her after she refused to deliver mail without first seeing his ID. In January, a federal grand jury indicted two Rhode Island men for theft and assault on a mail carrier in September after a worker refused to deliver a package. Last month, federal officials announced a $50,000 reward to help identify two men who assaulted a mail carrier, causing a head injury, in Orlando on March 7.
The feds say drug dealers hijacked a mail carrier when their package of cocaine didn’t show up. They face life imprisonment.
The Santa Monica Police Department found one crime report involving a postal worker in Building 1300 of 14th Street, Lt. Erica Aclovi told The Post. Police said the assault occurred on January 19 and involved a person “who lives in the area” hitting a postal worker with a broomstick.
“The victim sustained a minor injury to his arm and did not require medical attention,” Al-Akloufi said. “Officers who received the report contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service on the day of the accident.”
Aklovy said the postal company later decided not to press charges. It was not immediately clear whether the Postal Inspection Service pursued the case.
The Santa Monica Police Department tried to speak to the postmaster after distributing the leaflets, according to Aclovey, but was unable to reach anyone.
“Without talking to the postmaster, it would be hard to tell the extent of this problem,” Aclovey said. “I’ve never heard of a postal service being suspended for all neighborhood residents.”
The agency stated that this move frustrated the population. Michael Fan, who lives down the street, complained that the decision was “meaningless”.
“Why should I drive to the post office, pay for parking, and mail to be delivered?” He said.
Courtney Smith told CBS News she was disappointed with the announcement but added that she understood why the decision was made.
“I feel a lot of sympathy for the postal companies,” Smith said. “They shouldn’t have to deal with that.”