FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Pablo Rivera, 34, of Fresno, charging him with assaulting a federal employee, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service who was engaged in the performance of his duties, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, on January 19, 2019, the letter carrier was sitting in his mail truck near Jackson Avenue and E. Shaw Avenue in Fresno, when Rivera ran up to him and stopped him from closing the door. Rivera shoved the letter carrier into the vehicle and sped off with the mail truck. According to police officers on the scene, after Rivera crashed the mail truck into a telephone support cable on Maroa Avenue, he was apprehended.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Newman is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Rivera faces a maximum statutory penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.