Yonkers woman attacks postal worker

April 2, 2009 3:51:10 PM PDT
A woman from Yonkers is facing criminal charges after allegedly attacking a postal worker. Police say she became enraged when her monthly benefit check was not in the mail. Rosemarie Santos is free on her own recognizance, but could be facing three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The 20-year-old was arrested after allegedly assaulting her mailman.

Yonkers police returned to the building at 75 Bruce Avenue Thursday, checking to see whether the incident was caught on camera. Police say the mother of two claimed her benefits check was in another person's mailbox. They say she then became enraged when the letter carrier refused open the box to retrieve it. Witnesses say Santos attacked the 50-year-old man inside and outside the building.

Police say the letter carrier suffered a cut to his hand. Santos is also accused of yanking off his Bluetooth headset and refusing to give it back. The letter carrier was a floater, someone not regularly assigned to the route.

"I understand people waiting for their checks want their money, but there's a better way to handle it," building resident Deidre Bunch said. "That's just my opinion."

As of now, Santos is only charged with robbery. But the postal service says charges of assaulting a federal employee are pending.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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