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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Miami -Dade County Resident Charged With Robbery of Postal Letter Carrier

A Miami-Dade County resident was charged with robbery of a U.S. Postal Letter Carrier.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ronald J. Verrochio, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, made the announcement.

Yunior Blanco, 19, of Miami-Dade, was charged by criminal complaint with robbery of a postal employee, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2114(a).

According to allegations contained in the criminal complaint, Blanco robbed a U.S. Postal Letter Carrier of his arrow key while the carrier was delivering mail.  Blanco then attempted to flee the crime scene.  After a brief foot chase, Blanco was stopped by the postal carrier and several nearby bystanders who witnessed the pursuit.

“Letter carriers are government representatives who perform an important public service.  The U.S. Attorneys’ Office is committed to working alongside federal and local law enforcement agencies, in our effort to identify and prosecute those who target and steal from government employees,” stated U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.

“Earlier this year, we asked South Florida residents to help us in keeping our letter carriers safe by taking a moment to look around when they see them” said U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge in Miami Ronald Verrochio, “it was just this kind of vigilance that helped apprehend this subject.”

U.S. Attorney Ferrer commended the efforts of the USPIS and the City of Miami Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Kobrinski.

A complaint is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated February 4, 2016