Police in Virginia have charged a juvenile with using a firearm in commission of a felony and robbery in connection with an incident involving a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier on Aug. 20. Media reports indicate that a mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint in Richmond's Oakwood neighborhood as he was delivering mail on R Street at approximately 11:45 a.m. The Richmond Police Department says that a description provided by an eyewitness helped them to identify the boy.
Initial accounts described the suspect as a black man between 18 and 23 years of age with a thin build and short hair who fled the scene on a blue mountain bicycle. Police received a more detailed description after USPS announced that a $5,000 reward would be paid for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the offender. Officers assigned to the Creighton Court area are said to have approached a boy fitting the general description while walking on Creighton Road on Aug. 22.
According to police, the boy was taken into custody after confessing that he had carried out the robbery. Robbing a federal employee is a serious charge and carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in a federal prison. Media accounts do not reveal whether the boy remains in custody or has been returned to the care of his parents or guardians.
When presented with facts like these, attorneys with juvenile defense experience may read police reports very carefully to find out how police officers were able to obtain a confession. Both minors and adults have the right to remain silent when questioned by police, and attorneys may seek to have criminal charges dismissed when these rights might have been violated.
Source: WRIC, Juvenile charged with robbing Richmond mail carrier at gunpoint, Staff report, Aug. 23, 2018 Source: WALB, Juvenile confesses to robbing mail carrier at gunpoint, A.J. Nwoko, Aug. 23, 2018