TITLE: Office of Public Affairs
North Texas Man Sentenced to 71 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery of Fort Worth Letter Carrier.
TITLE: Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. – An investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service into an armed robbery of a Postal Service letter carrier led to a sentence of more than five years in prison for a North Texas man. Abdirashid Omar, 22, was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means for the armed robbery of a letter carrier in the Fort Worth area.
On April 11, 2022, the postal worker informed law enforcement she was delivering mail on her route when a man dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and blue surgical mask grabbed her and pressed a handgun against her abdomen. The man took USPS property from the letter carrier and fled.
Postal Inspectors and Fort Worth Police responded immediately and canvassed the neighborhood. They located surveillance video that captured a vehicle registered to Mr. Omar as it followed the carrier to several residences and then fled the area at high speed. Postal Inspectors located the vehicle and established further surveillance that identified the vehicle visiting multiple Post Offices in the days following the robbery.
Soon after, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Mr. Omar’s vehicle and residence, recovering stolen U.S. Mail, stolen checks, and a setup in which checks were being “washed” (placed in a liquid substance to remove the ink). Mr. Omar admitted to robbing the letter carrier to obtain USPS property, as well as to stealing U.S. Mail. He was sentenced on October 25, 2022, to 71 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
“A top priority for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has always been a focus on the safety of USPS employees,” said Thomas Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the Fort Worth Division. “This sentencing exemplifies that commitment. Through a rapid response by Postal Inspectors, collaboration with local law enforcement, and the use of investigative tools and techniques, a dangerous individual was successfully apprehended. We thank the Fort Worth Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas for their support in this case.”
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Fort Worth Police Department conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Levi Thomas prosecuted the case.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is dedicated to defending the nation’s mail system from criminal activity and preserving the integrity of the U.S. Mail. Protecting our employees as they carry out their essential duties is our number one priority. Joint operations like this one, as well as the “Project Safe Delivery” initiative, are vital to protecting our employees and customers and safeguarding the mail from would-be thieves.
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