BOTHELL, Wash. - The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the attempted armed robbery of a letter carrier.
On Nov. 1 at about 1:50 p.m., a man approached the letter carrier in the area of 169th Street SE and 35th
Drive NE in Bothell.
The man displayed a handgun and tried to steal valuables from the letter carrier, but the letter carrier fled.
The suspect was described as white, in his 30s, with a thin build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall,
170 pounds, with dark brown chin hair. He was wearing a black or dark colored hooded sweatshirt with a zipper.
During the incident the suspect's hand was smashed in the car door when the letter carrier was fleeing. The suspect likely sustained cuts and bruises on his right hand as a result.
After the failed robbery attempt, the man fled the scene in a late 80s to early 90s red Acura Integra. Reports indicate there were two white women in the car as well.
Only 60 crimes of this nature against postal workers are reported nationwide every year. The USPS inspectors take it very seriously; it’s a federal crime.
“This is such a rare occurrence—we want to get this guy off the street and get him prosecuted,” explained Postal Inspector Jeremy Leder.
And now this rare occurrence has happened twice—just in Bothell. In October inspectors say two women distracted a worker while a man stole the key.
USPS employees had to change out about 100 locks.
“Same description of the group of people involved in both incidents,” Leder told us.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the crime.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 206-442-6318.
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