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$50,000 reward offered in DC mail carrier robbery, assault case

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A $50,000 reward is being offered in the robbery and assault case of a mail carrier along his route Tuesday afternoon in Northeast D.C.

“It was a miracle in that I am blessed to not be a widow today,” the mail carrier’s wife told FOX 5. “I'm thankful that he is still alive because they tried to kill him.”

Her husband survived as he was walking his route on Second Street and Webster Street at around 4 p.m. Tuesday when the police report says someone pulled up next to him, showed a weapon, and forced him into a van. They bound his body with black tape and assaulted him.

According to the report, one man shouted, “You know what we want! What did you do with the package? What did you take out the package?”

The mail carrier’s wife told us, “He says he had no idea what they were talking about.”

The report says the victim was pistol-whipped in the head and face, and one suspect said, “I'mma kill you! Tell me where it's at!”

The victim has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years. A fellow mail carrier who works the area, but wished to remain anonymous, told FOX 5, "My heart goes out to the victim and his family."

He continued, "It's frightening, especially after another carrier was killed in Maryland last fall."

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“It is customary for us to do this,” said Tom Ouellette of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “We take these crimes very seriously and we back it up with money. We believe it's a powerful incentive to get members of the public involved, and we cherish their tips.”

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

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