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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for 2022 Robbery of a Mail Carrier

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Glen Hendersen, Acting Inspector in Charge of the Phoenix Division of U.S. Postal Inspection Service, announced that Daniel Trujeque was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Trujeque, 30, of Albuquerque, pled guilty on March 21, 2023, to Letter Carrier Armed Robbery.

According to court documents, on January 11, 2022, a Letter Carrier delivering mail and parcels to a Neighborhood Box Unit noticed a car drive by before turning around and parking along the curb near the Neighborhood Box Unit. A young man exited the back passenger side of the vehicle.  and watched the Letter Carrier finish delivering the mail, then pulled out a handgun and demanded she hand over the mail keys. The Letter Carrier complied, and the young man returned to the vehicle before it dove away from the area.

The Letter Carrier was able to give the Postal Inspectors a description of the young man, the vehicle, and a partial license plate for the vehicle. The Albuquerque Police Department assisted in the investigation and determined the vehicle had been reported stolen that day and had been involved in similar activities throughout the day. Postal Inspectors were able to obtain footage of the incident involving the Letter Carrier, as well as surveillance footage from an attempted burglary and footage of the young man and two accomplices attempting a fraudulent transaction using debit and credit cards at Walmart on the same day.

The Postal Inspection Service released a Reward Poster and received multiple tips identifying the young man as Daniel Trujeque. On April 5, 2022, Postal Inspectors interviewed Trujeque and he admitted to robbing the mail carrier.

Upon his release from prison, Trujeque will be subject to 5 years of supervised release.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the case.

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Updated August 8, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-174