The United States Postal Service has announced a generous reward of $150,000 for anyone who can provide crucial information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual responsible for the assault and robbery of a dedicated postal carrier.
Two Black men, dressed in black and wearing masks and gloves, approached the carrier in the 4500 block of Madison Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, shortly after 11:30 a.m. on November 22.
One person carried a handgun.
According to Paul Shade, a postal inspector, the carrier was approached by an individual armed with a handgun who proceeded to strike him and take one of his postal keys.
Shade mentioned that the carrier had the ability to dial 911 on his own.
According to the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD), the postal carrier involved in the incident sustained only a minor abrasion and did not suffer any additional injuries. A spokesperson from the United States Postal Service (USPS) confirmed that the postal carrier is doing well.
Kansas City, Missouri police have reported that the suspects physically assaulted the postal carrier and demanded his set of postal keys. However, they only took the “arrow key,” which is a universal key used to access mailboxes in the area, leaving the vehicle keys behind.
In an effort to combat mail thefts and ensure the safety of carriers across the country, the United States Postal Service (USPS) formed a dedicated team called ‘Project Safe Delivery’ last spring.
As part of the program, they are replacing almost 50,000 Arrow locks with electronic locks.
People are stealing mail carriers’ checks in an attempt to engage in financial crimes and check fraud.
According to USPS, the smart lockers have already been installed in some specific regions and will soon be available in major cities.
After the attack, the police were inundated with numerous calls reporting two individuals seen fleeing on foot with firearms in the vicinity.
If you have any information regarding the incident, please reach out to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455. When prompted, mention “law enforcement” to connect with the appropriate department and inform them that your call is in reference to Case No. 4196090.
The USPS emphasized in a statement that they will ensure the strict confidentiality of all information provided.
The USPS advises against individuals attempting to apprehend the suspects independently.
Shade advises their carriers not to resist when it comes to attempted mail robberies.
Shade advised that it would be best to give the people what they are asking for in order to avoid putting themselves in more danger by resisting.
If you possess any information regarding a crime, you have the option to directly reach out to your local police department. However, if you prefer to maintain your anonymity, it is advisable to contact the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline by dialing 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online, or utilizing the free mobile app available at P3Tips.com. In certain cases, Crime Stoppers might even provide a cash reward based on the nature of your tip.