Arrest Made in Machete Assault on USPS Letter Carrier in Lowell

The suspect is facing multiple assault charges, as well and entering a vehicle

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A young male has been arrested in connection with an assault on a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier earlier this week, police said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lowell police said they responded to Porter Street for a report of an assault that had just occurred.

The victim, an adult male who works as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, had injuries to his right hand and wrist area. He told police that he located the suspect in his mail truck as he returned to it following a delivery.

"I saw blood dripping down his hand, so I was like, 'Oh my god, what happened?'" said Heather Caron, who witnessed the aftermath from her window on Porter Street.

She said the postal worker is "very pleasant, always on time with the mail, never seems to have any problems."

The mail carrier told police the suspect pointed an Airsoft rifle at the mail carrier, and when the man attempted to defend himself, the suspect pulled a machete from his waistband and slashed at the victim before fleeing the scene on foot.

"I saw a young man going down the street, he was wearing a red jacket, and he was holding something like a gun," said neighbor Joyce Mwinzi.

Officers searched the area and found the suspect on foot a short distance away. After a foot pursuit, they took him into custody.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. No update on his condition was released.

The juvenile male suspect, whose name and age were not released, was charged with assault and battery by a machete, assault by an Airsoft rifle, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts of simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. No details on his court appearance or bail information were released.

The U.S. Postal Service is also investigating, police said.

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