RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police have arrested a juvenile, who confessed to the armed robbery of USPS carrier in Richmond.
The Richmond Police Department says a postal worker was delivering mail in the 3400 block of R Street in the Oakwood neighborhood when he was robbed around 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.
Police said a witness provided information on the suspect and officers assigned to a walking unit in the Creighton Court community saw the boy and detained him in the 2000 block of Creighton Road.
The boy confessed and has been charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service offered a reward of up to a $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Police say they will determine what to do with the reward.
With all the people walking in and out of Mari's Mini Mart, store owner Mari Fife-Logan will tell you that news travels fast. That goes double when it involves someone the community depends on every day.
"We do hear a lot of stuff," Fife-Logan said. "I'm told that the mailman, doing a much-needed service of delivering our mail, which we all want to get, was in fact robbed by some young youth."
It all happened Monday just before noon in the Oakwood neighborhood east of Church Hill. Police say the suspect is a black male, 18 to 23 years of age, about 5-foot-9 with a thin build, short hair and wearing a white tank top and dark colored shorts. The suspect is accused of pulling a gun on postal worker and taking off with cash on a blue mountain bike.
"I'm sorry that that happened," Fife-Logan said. "I'm glad that he was not seriously injured."
Robbing a federal employee can land you in a lot of trouble. If caught, the suspect could be looking at up to 25 years in federal prison.
In the mean time, Fife-Logan hopes to hear news that the suspect is caught and that their mail carrier returns.
"It can happen to anyone," Fife-Logan said. "Hopefully it hasn't put a permanent scar on him that affects him so badly that he can't return to work."
Anyone with information is asked to call First Precinct Detective A. Partain at 804-646-1290, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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