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Search continues for mail carrier attackers

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Police sketch of the suspect in the Lauderhill postal robbery. Police sketch of the suspect in the Lauderhill postal robbery.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A day after a South Florida letter carrier was brutally attacked and robbed, authorities hit the streets in search of the subjects behind what investigators said was the second such postal robbery in two weeks.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and postal workers spent Friday going door-to-door in an effort to track down the two men who hit a USPS mail carrier over the head and robbed him at the Holly Tree Patio Villas, located at 3401 S.W. 52nd Ave. The suspects fled the scene.

"It could have been shiny, it could have been metal. We really don't know," said postal inspector Ivan Ramirez about the blunt instrument the attackers could have used to strike the victim. "We haven't recovered anything at the scene, so I don't really want to speculate."

The mail carrier was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital Thursday afternoon with a head injury. The mail carrier has since been released. "Being a letter carrier is typically not a dangerous profession. Most people consider their letter carriers almost part of their family. They see them, they know them. When we have these assaults like this it is shocking, especially since there was violence involved," said postal worker Bladismir Rojo.

Postal inspectors believe the attackers were after the letter carrier's postal key, a relatively new crime that gives thieves access to senders' private information. "They carry valuable information day to day, and that's your information in the mail," said Ramirez.

Just last week, another mail carrier was robbed of a mail key in Lauderhill. A surveillance camera captured the subject as he followed the postal worker into a hallway.

Police released a sketch of the subject they believe to be behind the Lauderhill crime. "The community is appalled by this, and that's why we're out here trying to get information that could lead to the arrest of these subjects," said Rojo.

Authorities said they may soon release sketches of the two men suspected in the Pembroke Park assault. They said they hope area residents will be able to help give a physical description of the suspects.

If you have any information on either of these crimes, call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the subjects' arrest.


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