2 USPS mail carriers robbed hours apart in South Austin, police say


CHICAGO — Two USPS mail carriers were robbed hours apart in South Austin on Thursday, prompting a community alert from Chicago police.

The first incident occurred just before 1 p.m. in the 5300 block of W. Washington Blvd. A USPS mail carrier was followed into a vestibule and robbed at gunpoint by a male suspect, police said.

Hours later, around 4:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of W. Race Ave., a woman approached a mail carrier and forcefully tried to take a parcel, police said. A male suspect followed and took the property from the mail carrier by force.

The pair left the scene in an unknown vehicle.

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