Authorities looking for suspect in attack on Tacoma letter carrier

Staff writerNovember 5, 2013 

Postal service authorities asked the public Tuesday to help identify a man suspected of assaulting a U.S. letter carrier in his work vehicle Friday in Tacoma.

The attack happened about 3:15 p.m. in the 1900 block of East 65th Street.

A man came up to the worker's vehicle as the carrier was preparing mail for delivery, and punched him repeatedly through the window, said James F. Wilson, Assistant Inspector in Charge of the Seattle Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The attacker left when the worker moved to the back of the postal vehicle, and a witness and the carrier both called police, Wilson said.

The worker was taken to the hospital, has since been released, and is expected to recover fully from his injuries, Wilson said.

The attack was “completely unsolicited,” he added, and the carrier said that as the suspect walked away, he appeared to be “very calm."

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid 30s, about 170 pounds and 5 foot 8, with shoulder-length brown hair and a medium build.

He had a fresh cut under his left eye, according to the Inspection Service.

The federal agency is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the suspect.

It's had inspectors (who carry guns, badges and have arrest authority) knocking on doors in the area each day since the assault, Wilson said.

They plan to keep inspectors on the streets of the letter carrier's route for the rest of the week, maybe longer, distributing the sketch of the suspect to residents.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-876-2455 (select Option 2). Tips will be confidential.

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