The United States Postal Service (USPS) has stopped sending deliveries to a California neighborhood following repeated attacks on mail carriers at the start of 2022. The overwhelmingly liberal area seems to have — shockingly — developed quite a crime problem.
The first incident occurred on January 19 when a resident in the area of 14th Street and Arizona Avenue allegedly attacked the mail carrier with a broomstick, swinging it at him while he was delivering mail in the early evening hours.
Just a few months later, residents of the neighborhood received notices from the USPS stating that delivery service had been suspended to all addresses in the 1300 block of 14th Street.
The letters explained that “multiple carriers have been subjected to assaults and threats of assault from an individual who has not been located or apprehended.”
Despite what the notice states, only one assault was officially reported, and the victim declined to prosecute the case.
It is unclear when the delivery suspension is set to end. While paper mail delivery has been suspended, and individuals living in the area have had to pick up their mail in person at the post office, USPS has still been delivering packages to residents of the neighborhood.
“My immediate reaction was just disappointment,” Courtney Smith, who lives in the area, said in an interview with CBS News.
“I feel a lot of compassion for the mail carriers,” Smith added. “Not doing anything is not the solution.”
USPS spokeswoman Natashi Garvins told Fox News Digital that the suspension was due to the fact that there had been three separate attacks on mail carriers in the 1300 block of 14th street in Santa Monica over the last several months.
“This is an unusual, but necessary step to protect our employees,” Garvins said, though she declined to go into detail about the specific incidents.
According to a statement provided to Fox News Digital, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which is the law enforcement arm of the USPS, stated that it “is aware of the recent reports of suspicious activity towards Postal Carriers in Santa Monica, California.”
“Postal Inspectors are currently investigating the incidents and are unable to comment further at this time. Postal Inspectors encourage anyone who observes suspicious activity involving US Mail to report it to local police and to Postal Inspectors at 1-877-876-2455,” the Postal Inspection Service added.
The Santa Monica Police Department has only received one report about an assault with a deadly weapon, a broomstick, on a mail carrier in the neighborhood. According to an email from a police spokeswoman, the alleged attacker “lived in the area and is known to our officers and also to the mail carrier he attacked.”
“The officers who took the report contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service on the day of the incident to provide information for the incident should they wish to follow up,” Santa Monica police Lt. Erika Aklifi said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We do not know if the USPIS did so.”
She also noted that Santa Monica detectives remained in contact with the victim, who had sustained a minor injury to his arm, did not require medical attention and declined to prosecute his attacker a month later.
“If there were other incidents of USPS mail carriers being attacked, we were unable to locate additional reports,” Aklifi added. “Without speaking to the postmaster, it will be difficult to know the extent of this issue. I have never heard of the Postal Service suspending service for all residents in a neighborhood, and can only refer you to them for answers about their course of action.”