Resident attacks mailman, mail stops for entire complex

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Some people in a senior housing complex say they haven’t had a mail delivery in a month. The mail stopped coming after an incident with the letter carrier who delivers there.

“How hard is it to get your mail? I just had surgery in December,” said Charles Jernigan, Hartford.

“I can’t walk, I’m handicapped,” said Mary Betha-Campbell, Hartford.

“You can’t be slipping and sliding to catch the bus for a whole hour, and you have to go over there every day,” said Beatrice Smith, Hartford.

There are forty apartments at 402 Albany Avenue where many residents are elderly and some bed ridden. They say the post office stopped delivering their mail more than a month ago because one of the residents attacked the letter carrier slapping and spitting on him.

elderly residents

“It was unreal, and then when the police officer came here, she was beating him up too,” said Betha-Campbell.

They turned to News 8 for help, because they have bills, magazines, and letters they just can’t miss.

“Letters that your family might write, you want to be able to get that stuff, and I have grandchildren,” said Betha-Campbell.

News 8 was able to get a hold of a post office spokesperson in Rhode Island who says she is aware of the incident and that there were more than one confrontation with a person in the building with a postal worker. For the safety of that worker they decided they would not allow the mail to be delivered there.

So  News 8 started making some calls to see how we can fix this.

After a call and a message to the building management and to the post office they came up with a plan to get the mail delivered safely.

“Actually mail is going to resume back tomorrow. We were able to work out an arrangement with the management there and they are going to hire a Hartford police officer to escort the postal carrier when he delivers,” said Christine Dugas, postal spokesperson.

“That would be good, very good, but that should have done that from jump start. They said every day so we will hold them to it,” said Betha-Campbell.

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