Woman who attacked postal worker in delivery dispute pleads guilty to assault

KALAMAZOO, MICH. (WZZM) - A Kalamazoo woman who attacked a letter carrier and climbed inside a postal truck looking for her mail pleaded guilty Thursday, Nov. 10 to assaulting a federal employee.

Johnna Garland Watkins attacked the letter carrier last year after being told her mail could not be delivered to a house where she no longer lived, federal court records show.

The dust-up played out Aug. 19, 2015 on East Stockbridge Avenue in Kalamazoo. A witness called the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety after Watkins began yelling at the postal worker and threatening her, court records show.

The officer told Watkins she could pick up her mail at the post office, which did not go over well.

“Oh, I’m going to get my mail,’’ Watkins said before running towards the mail truck parked down the street, court records show.

Watkins got inside the mail truck and punched the postal worker in the head and face, court records show. The officer attempted to pull Watkins off the victim while telling Watkins she was under arrest.

“Watkins attempted one more time to break away from the officer and kick the victim before the officer transported her to the station,’’ court records show.

Watkins is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in April. Assaulting a federal employee is punishable by up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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