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Police: Postal worker pepper-sprayed during armed robbery in Vienna

Vienna Police (file photo)

Vienna police are searching for a person who robbed a postal worker while armed with a knife and pepper spray on Friday (June 2).

Officers responded around 11:50 a.m. to a U.S. Postal Service employee’s report that they had been robbed in the 500 block of Church Street NE, the Town of Vienna Police Department said in a news release that afternoon.

“The employee stated the suspect displayed a knife and demanded the employee’s keys,” the VPD said. “The employee complied and gave up their United States Postal Service mailbox key. The suspect then proceeded to pepper spray the employee before fleeing the scene on foot.”

The worker was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

The department is seeking assistance from the public in the case, asking for potential eyewitnesses or video footage of the encounter.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the USPS, is collaborating with Vienna police on the investigation.

The VPD asks anyone with possible information to contact its public information officer, Juan Vazquez, at 703-255-6366.

Additional details about the robbery, including any identifying information for the suspect, weren’t immediately available.