Ocala, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A Florida man allegedly went postal on a postal worker because he received no mail.
An Ocala man was arrested for allegedly throwing broken furniture and punching the mailman because he wasn’t receiving any mail – despite the postal carrier’s insistence that the man simply had no mail to receive, according to police.
Aaron Bernard Smith, 27, is facing charges of burglary, battery and criminal mischief which the Ocala Police Department says included Smith throwing a broken chair and open fists at a postal carrier, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. The mailman told Ocala Officer Kyle Drawdy that Smith approached the postal carrier’s vehicle, where he was told that he did not receive any mail because there simply was no mail for him.
Police say that Smith got angry and struck the postal carrier with an open fist at least three times before picking up a broken chair or stool and heaving it at the mail truck. The tossed furniture struck the left rear panel of the vehicle.
A witness told police that she saw Smith strike the mailman and then toss furniture at the mail truck, a 1991 Grumman LLV. The incident occurred in the 1600 block of Northeast 17th Street.
According to the Star-Banner, court records show Smiths has previously received mental health evaluations, with two incidents occurring in 2013.
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