Federal Indictment Charges Man with Robbing U.S. Postal Service Employee in Chicago

CHICAGO —5/10/24 – A federal grand jury has indicted a man for allegedly robbing a U.S. Postal Service employee in Chicago.

RICHARD THOMPSON, 52, of Chicago, took an arrow key from the Postal Service employee on Nov. 10, 2023, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Thompson used a dangerous weapon during the robbery, putting the Postal Service employee’s life in jeopardy, the indictment states.

The indictment charges Thompson with one count of robbery of a Postal Service employee.  The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison.  Thompson was arrested on Thursday.  He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Thursday afternoon and was ordered to remain detained in federal custody.  A status hearing is set for June 14, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood.

The indictment was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Ruth Mendonça, Inspector-in-Charge of the Chicago Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Larry Snelling, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary McDonnell.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

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