According to the USPIS, the alleged robbery and assault happened on Sept. 1 at noon near the intersection of South Peoria Street and East Florida Avenue in Aurora. The area is near the Cottonwood Grove Park.
U.S. Postal Service officials say the worker who was attacked was simply eating her lunch when the duo assaulted and robbed her and her carrier truck.
The alleged getaway driver is in custody, but the USPIS is looking for two more suspects.
According to the USPIS, the two suspects are affiliated with a gang. They may go by the following street names: “Traffic,” “Emerald Seven,” “Emperor Seven,” “Almighty” or “Twin.”
The USPIS asks that you do not attempt to apprehend these people yourself.
Tipsters will be eligible for a reward of up to $150,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
Safety plan launched for US postal workers
Incidents like this nationwide are all too common.
In 2022’s fiscal year, some 412 letter carriers were robbed on the job, with 305 incidents reported in the first half of 2023.
Back in May, the USPIS rolled out a plan to prevent attacks on postal workers.
“The safety of our employees is the top priority for the Postal Service and the Postal Inspection Service. Recognizing these ongoing threats, the Postal Service and the Postal Inspection Service are expanding their Project Safe Delivery crime prevention initiative,” the USPIS said.
USPIS said it’s reducing letter carrier robberies and mail theft by:
- Installation of 12,000 high-security blue collection boxes nationwide
- 49,000 electronic locks to replace traditional postal keys, which devalues the very thing many criminals seek in carrier robberies
- Sending national assets to high postal crime areas
- Enforcing over 200 federal laws that protect the nation’s mail system
- Sharing postal crime prevention messages with employees, law enforcement partners and the public.
- Preventing change of address fraud
- Defeating counterfeit postage
If you have any information on the crime or the two suspects, you are asked to contact the USPIS at 1-877-876-2455. Any information will be kept confidential.
FOX31’s Gabby Easterwood contributing reporting.