Indicted: 2 men who allegedly robbed and shot postal truck driver in DeKalb

A federal grand jury indicted two men accused of the near-fatal shooting and robbery of postal worker, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

On Dec. 20, a postal truck driver conducting a routine mail pick-up in DeKalb County was approached by two robbers, later identified as Kendrick Watkins, 39, of Rex, and Charles Jackson, 55, of Griffin, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates’ office said. Jackson and Watkins demanded the keys to the postal truck before shooting the victim in the torso, leaving him critically injured.

“The victim in this case — an on-duty postal employee — was shot, bound, and left for dead,” Yates said in an emailed statement. “Postal Service employees should not have to work in fear of attack as they carry out their duties.”

After shooting the driver, Jackson and Watkins also allegedly bound the man’s feet and took his cell phone before driving away in the postal truck, investigators said. The victim crawled several hundred feet to the nearest road, where he flagged down a passerby for help.

A trial date was not announced.

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