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Columbus man pleads guilty to robbing 2 mail carriers at gunpoint

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to two separate armed robberies of United States Postal Carriers.


Brandon J. Campbell, 20, admitted to using violence and a weapon to endanger the mail carriers’ lives and steal property from them.


According to Campbell’s plea documents, he assaulted two postal carriers in September 2021.


On Sept. 8, 2021, Campbell stole an “arrow” key – which is used to access USPS mailboxes and receptacles – and vehicle keys from a postal carrier who was delivering mail at Vistas at Rocky Fork Apartment Complex in Gahanna. Campbell wore a balaclava mask and used a Glock-style handgun.


On Sept. 21, 2021, Campbell committed armed robbery against a second postal carrier who was delivering mail near 4500 Hemingway Court in Columbus. He again used a handgun and mask and stole the carrier’s arrow key.


Investigators followed Campbell’s champaign-colored Saturn Aura and subsequently executed search warrants on an apartment Campbell fled into, as well as his vehicle. Law enforcement officers discovered four firearms in that apartment, as well as the balaclava mask. Forensic examination of Campbell’s iPhone showed the phone was in the location of both robberies during the timeframe of the robberies. Campbell’s phone also showed pictures of himself holding a Glock-style firearm.


Aggravated robbery of property of the United States is a federal crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Congress sets the maximum statutory sentence. Sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors at a future sentencing hearing.


Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Gary R. Barksdale, Chief Postal Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Sarah D. Morrison. Assistant United States Attorney Noah R. Litton is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated March 14, 2022

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