For the second time in three weeks, a truck driver delivering packages has been robbed at gunpoint in Southeast D.C. It happened to a UPS driver Wednesday in the 4300 block of Southern Avenue.
Last month, a FedEx driver was targeted just blocks away.
"Very scary," says Reverend Willie Wilson.
His wife, Mary, looked out their front door on Highwood Drive last month to see three men loading packages from the FedEx truck into a gold cab. They feared for the driver, who they didn't see at first. He was literally face down on their front steps.
"He said he thought he was still being robbed," Wilson says. "They told him not to move."
And now, just blocks away at nearly the exact same time of day, another driver was robbed at gunpoint. This time, it was a UPS driver who had just delivered packages.
Police says he was ambushed by two masked men on his way back to his truck. They forced him inside the truck at gunpoint and drove to Alabama Avenue and Reed Terrace. They loaded packages into a white cargo van and fled, leaving the driver behind.
"We're working with UPS to do an inventory of items on the truck to see what might have been taken from the driver," says Sixth District Commander Robert Contee.
Even though the getaway vehicles are different, police are trying to determine if the two crimes are related.
"We're looking at similarities between them and talking with our partners in neighboring jurisdictions to see what connections we can make," Contee says.
Police say delivery drivers are often targeted around the holidays. They are being warned to really pay attention to their surroundings whenever they leave their trucks.