District Man Charged in Armed Robbery of U.S. Mail Carrier

41-year-old Harold Barnes of Washington, D.C. has been charged with the armed robbery of a United States Postal Service mail carrier in Silver Spring.

The robbery occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the 800 block of Hudson Ave.

Detectives from Montgomery County Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted a joint investigation into the incident and determined that Barnes approached the victim, pointed a firearm, and demanded his property. The victim handed over his property to Barnes, who then left the scene.

Later that day, officers from the Arlington County Police Department pulled over a stolen 2017 Hyundai Tucson at approximately 8:15 p.m. The driver, identified as Barnes, was arrested, according to a press release.

Barnes’ person was searched and property belonging to the victim was found. Additionally, officers found items of evidentiary value inside the stolen Hyundai.

After being arrested, Barnes was taken to a correctional facility in Arlington, Va., where he is currently being held without bond. He is awaiting extradition to Montgomery County for armed robbery, first-degree assault, and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

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