A U.S. mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint in Peabody, Massachusetts, on Wednesday afternoon, local police said.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Veterans Memorial Drive near Lynn Street, according to Peabody police. The postal worker said that the suspect brandished a firearm.
In surveillance footage shared with NBC10 Boston by neighborhood residents, you can see the mail carrier walking back to his truck. Someone stops at the corner, then approaches him while his back is turned.
A second camera showed the robber pointing what appears to be a gun in the victim's face.
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It all happened in under a minute, then the robber ran off. The mail carrier then called it in.
No injuries were reported.
Richard Campbell, who shared one of the videos, said it seems like a crime of opportunity.
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"They must have seen that the mailman was down here or knew he came through so they went looking for him, found him and hit him when he wasn’t looking," Campbell said. "I’m sure that he feels terrible and just simply he was doing his job."
The suspect is described as a man in his 20s with a skinny build, around 5-foot-8. He was wearing a puffy black jacket with a yellow hoodie and a blue face mask. He fled in a grey Honda, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Peabody police Detective Mathew Mason at 978-538-6369 or Detective Andrew Greenberg at 978-538-6313.
NBC10 Boston has reached out to the U.S. Postal Service.
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