A mailman was beaten, shot and nearly kidnapped in his postal truck by an armed robber in Dorchester over the weekend and now a reward is being offered for information on the suspect.
Officers were called to Bailey Street just after 6 p.m. Friday for a report of a shooting. When officers got there they found the worker with a gunshot wound to his wrist and a bloody cut on his head.
The United State Postal Service worker said the robber jumped into his truck and “demanded the victim give him the draw,” police said.
When the worker said “what draw” the robber hit the worker in the head with the gun and at some point during the robbery shot him.
The robber then forced the worker to strip out of his USPS uniform and get into the rear of the truck cab. That’s when the robber started to drive away with the worker still in the truck.
In fear for his life, police said, the worker opened the rear door of the truck and fled.
The worker suffered injuries that were not life-threatning.
The truck was found a short distance away in a snowbank on the sidewalk. It was towed for evidence.
Detectives determined that the robber fled in a rental van that was later located at a gas station at Gallivan Boulevard and Washington Street in Dorchester. It was also towed as evidence.
The United States Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, according to WBZ.
Police are also questioning two men seen in the rental van, according to WBZ. However, no suspects or arrests have been made as of Sunday morning.
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