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After Reports Of Attacks On Carriers, The Postal Service Suspends Mail Delivery On One Block In Santa Monica

A mail carrier wearing a United States Postal Service uniform of dark blue short and a light blue short-sleeved shirt walks away from their truck carrying a bag of mail. There are palm trees in the background.
A mail carrier makes deliveries in Los Angeles on April 29, 2020
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Some residents in Santa Monica have gotten an unrequested mail hold after postal workers were reportedly attacked in the area.

The United States Postal Service has notified residents living in the 1300 block of 14th Street that service is temporarily suspended.

“This is an unusual, but necessary step to protect our employees,” USPS spokesperson Natashi Garvins said in a statement. Garvins said there have been three separate incidents “over the last several months,” each with different mail carriers. The nature of these incidents was not specified.

The Santa Monica Police Department received one report from January of a postal worker who was assaulted by a person with a broomstick, but there might be additional incidents that were not reported to the police, Santa Monica Police Lt. Erika Aklufi said.

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Aklufi said the department is working with postal inspectors to learn more.

“We want all of our neighborhoods to be safe and we want to make sure that we can get the mail delivery resumed to our residents,” Aklufi said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is “currently investigating the incidents and are unable to comment further at this time,” according to the statement. The agency is asking anyone who observes suspicious activity with mail to report it to law enforcement or contact the inspectors at 877-876-2455.

In the meantime, residents of the affected block can pick up their mail at the main post office on 7th Street.

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