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Police investigating 2 armed robberies of USPS mail carriers, asking for tips from public

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 12:21:37-04

AKRON, Ohio — Officers from the Akron Police Department are investigating two separate robberies involving postal workers in two East Akron neighborhoods Monday afternoon.

The first robbery happened at around 12:00 p.m. when a 44-year-old USPS worker said two men pulled up to his vehicle in the area of Austin Avenue and Clement Street while he was loading his mail bag.

One of the men pointed a gun at him, demanding he hand over the mail bag and other property, according to police.

The mail carrier handed over the property and the two men fled the area.

The second robbery happened at around 2:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Sumner Street, just a few hours after the first robbery.

The 35-year-old USPS mail carrier told officers that he was approached by a male who pulled a knife on him and demanded a key. The male fled the area, heading northwest with the postal property, police said.

The male was described as being between 20 to 30 years old, wearing an Ohio State jacket and a mask.

Akron police said it does not appear the robberies are related, but investigators are looking for any possible connections. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 330-375-2490.