Mail service resumed on the 1300 block of 14th Street Tuesday after a brief suspension due to assaults on mail carriers.
The U.S. Postal Service sent a letter to residents on Thursday of last week announcing the suspension due to several alleged assaults on multiple carriers. However, SMPD has only one reported assault from January.
According to SMPD, the victim of the January assault sustained a minor injury to his arm and did not require medical attention. The case was assigned to detectives who reached out to the victim several times during the investigation. Approximately one month later, the mail carrier declined prosecution for the incident.
SMPD reported the incident to the United States Postal Inspection Service, a law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the mail.
In a statement released Tuesday, SMPD officers said they spoke with the postmaster who wrote the suspension letter; they were referred to an Inspector in the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) for additional information about other attacks on mail carriers in that area and possibly by the same subject. The Postal Inspector did not believe any reports were made to the USPIS by mail carriers and are working to locate any other postal workers who may have been victims and obtaining information for an investigation.
SMPD said the suspect in the original case, Devon Ray Morgan, was most recently arrested on April 6 for misdemeanor vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a citation and released per current county bail rules. He is also currently under investigation for two incidents that occurred in March: battery and criminal threats. Once completed, those cases will be presented to either the City Attorney (misdemeanor) or District Attorney (felony) for filing consideration.
The suspension of service made national news after residents posted the letter on social media over the weekend and service officially resumed on Tuesday with letter carriers escorted by members of the United States Postal Inspection Service.