‘I was scared’: Postal worker recalls terrifying experience of being robbed at gunpoint in Canton

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CANTON, Ohio — Canton police are investigating after a postal worker was robbed at gunpoint.

According to the police report, it happened on Cherry Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The victim said he was delivering mail when the suspect got out of a car came over to him with a gun.

He then forced him to empty his pockets and threatened to shoot him in the leg.

“I was scared. I have an eight-year-old son. I’m a mailman. I shouldn’t have to worry about someone coming up to me with a gun,” he told FOX 8’s Paul Kiska.

He said the suspect took $18 from his wallet and then did something surprising.

“He gave me my wallet back, so at least he was generous,” said the postal worker.

Police aren’t releasing any other details about the case at this time.

A spokesperson for the USPS issued the following statement: 

“Postal Inspectors are actively investigating recent activity which occurred Saturday afternoon towards a Postal Service employee in the Canton area. We are still in the information gathering process, so I cannot provide specifics at this time; other than the fact that all employees are safe and this is believed to be an isolated incident. Postal Inspectors continue to monitor the situation very closely, as the Postal Inspection Service takes the security and well-being of postal service employees very seriously and remains focused on the needs and safety of its employees. As always, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service asks the communities in which our postal employees serve each and every day to help support and protect them by reporting any suspicious activity towards them to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.”




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