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Mail carrier attacked in Millburn on his second day on the job

The attack happened on May 13 just before 3:30 p.m. The entire incident was captured by a surveillance camera at a home on Walnut Avenue.

Matt Trapani and Naomi Yané

Jun 1, 2023, 12:50 AM

Updated 384 days ago

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A mail carrier in Essex County is recovering from minor injuries after being attacked while on his route.
The attack happened on May 13 just before 3:30 p.m. The entire incident was captured by a surveillance camera at a home on Walnut Avenue.
Witnesses tell News 12 New Jersey that two men wearing dark ski masks and hooded sweatshirts were first spotted in the neighborhood around 1 p.m. They were seen getting in and out of a silver Mercedes-Benz, with a third person driving the car. Another neighbor says that the silver car was seen tailing the postal truck before the attack.
The mail carrier can be heard screaming “Siri 911” in an attempt to alert the police through his cellphone. The assailants wrestled with the mail carrier several times before making off with his postal keys.
Lenny Weiland's surveillance camera caught the entire brazen attack.
“They actually were waiting in the middle there for him so when he came there that's when they first put their hands on him,” Weiland says. “And then they wrestled near my car over here and I can see them rustling his belt and then they ran off. It took all about 30 seconds.”
The United States Postal Inspection Service says that attacks on mail carriers have gone up by 78% in the last year.


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