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U.S. Postal Inspector Slashed Repeatedly While Arresting Alleged Mail Thief

Hicksville, NY – A U.S. Postal Inspector was repeatedly slashed by a violent attacker who was trying to steal mail from post office mailboxes early Monday morning, according to police.

The incident occurred at the Hicksville Post Office at approximately 4 a.m. on Aug. 30, the Hicksville Patch reported.

U.S. Postal Inspectors and members of the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) were conducting an investigation into the theft of mail from citizens’ post office boxes at the time.

While police surveilled the location, two men in a gray 2016 BMW pulled into the parking lot, investigators said.

One of the occupants entered the building and used a stolen U.S. Postal Service master key to steal mail directly from post office boxes, the Hicksville Patch reported.

Investigators swarmed into the facility to arrest the suspect, who immediately went on the fight, police said.

The thief used a sharp object to slash one of the postal inspectors multiple times during the the violent brawl, according to investigators.

The officers were ultimately able to subdue the attacker and took him into custody, the Hicksville Patch reported.

He has been identified as 26-year-old Romy Fabre.

They also arrested 22-year-old Jahki Hawkins, who was waiting for Fabre outside the post office.

Police said Hawkins was arrested without incident, the Hicksville Patch reported.

The injured Postal Inspector was rushed to a local hospital with lacerations to his arm, face, eye, and leg, police said.

Fabre has been charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, second-degree criminal tampering, resisting arrest, petty larceny, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, the Hicksville Patch reported.

Hawkins has been charged with fourth-degree criminal facilitation, third-degree unlawful possession of a personal ID, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Both suspects were arraigned in Hempstead on Tuesday, WNYW reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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