ORLANDO, Fla. - A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of two suspects that police say attacked a mail carrier in Orlando.
Orlando police say the attack happened on March 7 at the Oak Grove Apartments in the Millenia area. Police say a witness called 911 and saw the USPS mail carrier crouched down with a severe head injury near the mailboxes.
"Detectives determined that two suspects described as White or Hispanic men in their 20s hit the victim's head with possibly a handgun during the robbery," Orlando police tweeted on Friday.
Both suspects then fled the area on foot.
Orlando Police and the Office of the U.S. Postal Inspector are hoping someone will recognize the two men captured on surveillance video.
Residents who live at the Oak Grove Apartments tell FOX 35 News they are wondering if the suspects had been watching the mail carrier. They say he’s like clockwork, pulling into the complex around 1 p.m. every day. After he distributes the mail to each mailbox he parks his truck under a large tree across from the mailboxes, eats his lunch, and continues his route.
"I never imagine years…it was broad daylight," Xiomara Rivera said.
Rivera says she had just seen the mail carrier.
"I looked, and I see him when he pulled up, and I didn’t really pay no mind to it. I work from home. I put my headphones on and started working," Rivera explained.
She had no idea anything was wrong until she went to pick her daughter up from school.
"When I came out, that’s when I see cop cars, and they had a banner around. I was like is everything ok. They were like did you hear anything did you see anything. 19:05:58 I didn’t even hear a scream or anything."
Neighbors also say the victim has been their mail carrier for more than four years and is even on a first-name basis with most of his customers in the complex.
"I’m speechless about it," said Eddie Montero. "He’s super friendly, super nice. He’s always very helpful."
They are all worried about him.
"I just hope he gets better. I mean my prayers are with him," Montero added.
"I pray and pray and pray every day that he’s ok. That they didn’t hurt him too bad that he’s okay. And that’s what I’m praying for," said Rivera.
They are hoping the suspects are caught soon.
The Office of the U.S. Postal Inspector is offering a reward of up to $50-thousand for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you recognize the men in the surveillance video and picture you’re asked to call 1-877-876-2455.