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Jefferson County man charged with federal violations in connection with postal carjacking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas – A Beaumont man has been charged with federal violations related to a carjacking in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs today. 

Jody Lee Bass, 34, was named in a complaint on June 10, 2024, charging him with carjacking and assault on a federal officer.  Bass appeared in federal court on June 12, 2024. 

According to information presented in court, on June 8, 2024, Bass approached a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service on Avenue F in Beaumont.  Bass is alleged to have used a knife to rob the mail carrier of the USPS mail delivery truck while the victim was delivering mail on his route. Bass grabbed the mail carrier and attempted to stab him.  The mail carrier escaped, and Bass drove off with the mail truck.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Eastern District of Texas’ Carjacking Task Force.   

If convicted of both charges, Bass faces up to 35 years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Beaumont Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross. 

A complaint or indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated June 14, 2024

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