ATLANTA — Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the December near-fatal shooting of a postal truck driver in Conley.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Kendrick Watkins and Charles Jackson face charges of conspiracy, armed postal robbery and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with the robbery and near-fatal shooting of a postal truck driver.
“The victim in this case — an on-duty postal employee — was shot, bound and left for dead,” said Yates. “Postal Service employees should not have to work in fear of attack as they carry out their duties. We will prosecute violent criminals with such little regard for human life.”
Postal officials said attacks on their employees are rare.
“The safety and security of postal service employees and customers is core to the mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,” said George Frazier, assistant U.S. Postal inspector in charge of the Atlanta Field Office. “These types of crimes against postal employees are rare, but when they do occur, they become top priority for us.”
Yates said the evidence and testimony allege on Dec. 20, a postal truck driver conducting a routine mail pick-up in Conley was approached by Watkins, 39, of Rex and Jackson, 55, of Griffin. Jackson and Watkins demanded the keys to the postal truck and when the victim did not immediately comply, the men shot him in the torso, nearly killing him, said Yates.
Jackson and Watkins also bound the victim’s feet and took his cell phone so that he could not run or call for help, she said. They then allegedly drove away with the stolen truck and all its contents. The victim was forced to crawl several hundred feet to the nearest road where he flagged down a passerby for help.
The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial, said Yates.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.