Rio Rancho neighborhood concerned after attack on mailbox


RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A neighborhood is concerned after an attack on their mailbox Sunday night. Many said the attack went beyond vandalism.

Levi Woolsey heard the blast in his Rio Rancho suburb. “It blew everything out,” said Woolsey.

He also found evidence in his backyard.

“This morning when I came outside to let my dogs out, there was a piece of metal in my backyard,” said Woolsey.

He’s talking about the explosion that destroyed a community mailbox.

“Everyone heard the noise pretty much, but no one really thought about a bomb,” said Garrett Snyder.

Neighbors said that’s what they were told by investigators.

“They did use the word bomb,” said Sherri Snyder. “He said it was a bomb.”

Some people in the neighborhood are now on edge. “We meet our neighbors and friends here and we stand and congregate and talk so it’s kind of worrisome that it’s here,” said Sherri.

USPS investigators tell KRQE News 13 the explosion was caused by a device but wouldn’t go into detail.

For Woolsey, he thinks it was a homemade device. Neighbors hope this is the last boom that shakes their neighborhood.

“We’re a new neighborhood, but we’re friendly and we want to make sure nothing happens to each other,” said Woolsey.

Some neighbors think kids are behind the incident.

The postal service said they’re still investigating. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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