$50K reward offered in attack on Harrisburg mail carrier

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward up to $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man who twice assaulted a mail carrier in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood.

The unknown attacker on July 31 threw the mail carrier down a hill in the area of Herr and N. 13th Street, then dragged him down two flights of concrete steps in the area of the 1200 block of Cumberland Street, according to U.S. Postal Inspector Joseph Corrado.

The mail carrier suffered minor injuries.

“It’s irritating,” Corrado said. “It’s offensive to me. This man was just trying to deliver the mail.”

The attacker was described as a black male of about 6’0″ tall, 160 pounds with a slender build. He was said to be wearing a white muscle shirt, black knee-length shorts, and a bucket hat. He was accompanied by two woman, one pushing a stroller, and was walking a cream-colored pit bull, Corrado said.

Corrado said the apparent motive for the attack was due to a package that fell from the mail carrier’s satchel. When he found the package, it had been opened and the contents were missing. The mail carrier had asked the three people if they knew or saw who might have opened the package.

“The U.S. Postal inspection Service is a federal law enforcement arm of the postal service,” Corrado said.” Our highest priority is seeing to the safety and security of our employees. That’s why we take this so seriously.”

Confidential tips can be reported to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-877-876-2455.