The U.S. Postal Service is now joining the investigation into the attempted armed robbery of a mail carrier on State Street Drive, New Orleans police said.
Meanwhile, NOPD detectives have determined that the gunman in a robbery just off South Carrollton had previously been involved in a hit-and-run nearby moments before, police said.
The attempted robbery of the mail carrier took place around 8:40 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the 3300 block of State Street Drive, police have said. The victim had just dropped off a package, and turned around to see two teens behind her, one pointing a gun at her face and demanding her property, said Sgt. Patrick Kennelly of the NOPD Second District investigative unit.
“She explains to them, after the gun is in her face, that ‘We’re postal workers, we don’t carry cash on us’ — you’re wasting your time, essentially,” Kennelly said. Her assailants then decided to leave and ran off, Kennelly said.
The U.S. Postal Inspector has sent word that a team of federal investigators will be joining the effort to find the mail carrier’s attackers, Kennelly said. The NOPD Second District will continue their own investigation, and will share any leads they turn up with the federal investigators, Kennelly said.
The robbery will be investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said Stephaine K. Houston, a spokeswoman for the agency. Robbing a postal worker is a federal crime with its own penalties, Houston said, and is a generally rare occurrence.
“We educate our carriers to always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity while on their routes to law enforcement,” Houston said.
The victim described her attackers as short, between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8, and thin built, Kennelly said. The one with the gun had a goatee, dark skin tone, a gold tooth and a red-and-white Braves baseball cap, he said, but she did not get a clear look at the other one.
Second District detectives are also continuing to investigate another robbery from earlier last week, Kennelly said. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, two men were walking back from a club on Oak Street and had crossed Carrollton Avenue toward Short Street when they saw the aftermath of a car crash, Kennelly said.
They walked over to see what had happened, when a man with a gun jumped out of one of the cars involved in the crash with a gun, Kennelly said. He told the victims, “I know y’all got money,” but they only had 35 cents and gave that to the gunman, who grabbed it and ran, Kennelly said.
The crash the gunman was involved in has also been deemed a hit-and-run, Kennelly said. The gunman himself is described is a thin, 5-foot-8 black man with a short haircut, a red baseball cap, white shirt and black pants, with no visible tattoos, Kennelly said. Investigators have determined that he may have had an accomplice, and they are pursuing possible images of the suspects to distribute to the public, Kennelly said.
Anyone with information on either case is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.