Man indicted in US Postal Service employee assault and robbery case

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Shelly A. Binkowski, Inspector in Charge for the Boston Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service, announced today that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment yesterday charging 37-year-old Dion Edward Thompson, formerly of East Hartford, with committing an assault and robbery of a U.S. Postal Service employee in Hartford in Sept. 2014.

On Sept. 9, 2014, two masked men, one of whom brandished what appeared to be a firearm, robbed a U.S. Postal Service employee of U.S. Postal Service funds at the Barry Square Post Office, located at 645 Maple Avenue in Hartford. The robbery occurred as the employee was loading the Post Office’s daily proceeds into a postal vehicle, which was parked at the loading dock. Approximately $21,817 in cash, checks and money orders was stolen during the robbery.

The indictment charges Thompson with one count of robbery of a postal employee and one count of theft of government property. Each charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Thompson is currently incarcerated in Colorado on unrelated charges. His arraignment in the District of Connecticut is not yet scheduled.

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