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Postman Allegedly Choked 11-Year-Old Girl Who Laughed at Him

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A United States Postal Service worker was arrested on suspicion of choking an 11-year-old girl who riled him up by laughing at him.

The confrontation allegedly took place Monday in Bristow Park in the City of Commerce outside the restroom, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The young victim told deputies at the scene the postal worker, identified as 55-year-old Daniel Villasenor, had used his hands to choke her when she laughed at him for trying to use the women's restroom at the park.

Multiple witnesses say they saw Villasenor become angry and choke the girl.

Deputies located Villasenor nearby, and arrested him for felony Willful Cruelty to a Child. He is being held at the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station and his bail has been set at a $100,000.

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The USPS issued a statement regarding the incident, according to City News Service, in which they elaborate:

"The letter carrier has been placed in an emergency non-duty, non-pay status pending investigation and possible charges being filed. The incident is also being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service."